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31
Jul

New variant of the Huawei G8 is coming to China


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You may recall last week when Huawei unveiled its G8 smartphone in China. A new report from Gizmochina suggests the company is working on a new variant of the handset. It will likely feature the same all-metal body design on the G8, but there will be some subtle differences in the upcoming handset’s internals.

Unlike the Huawei G8 which came with the popular mid-range Snapdragon 615 chipset, the new handset will feature a slightly upgraded Snapdragon 616 processor. But don’t get your hopes up, we aren’t looking at a major revamp.

You will get the same Cortex A53 cores, half clocked at 1.7GHz and the other four clocked at 1.2GHz. This is a very minor difference in clock speed, and even the GPU will be the same Adreno 405 as the G8 smartphone. The major difference is that the new Snapdragon 616 will come with X5 LTE World Mode modem, which brings additional connectivity options in addition to Cat. 4 LTE speeds (up to 150MBps) with LTE Advanced 2x10MHz Carrier Aggregation (CA).

Other internal specifications will be kept mostly the same as the G8 smartphone. The handset will come in two different models. One 2GB / 16GB version, and one 3GB / 32GB model. Pricing for the new handset will start at 2099 Yuan for the lesser model and increase by 400 Yuan if you want the extra storage.

Source: Gizmochina

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31
Jul

Huawei passes Microsoft as third-largest mobile phone maker


When Microsoft bought Nokia, it inherited a pretty large feature phone business. But that business has shrunk a lot since the purchase, according to Strategy Analytics, and Microsoft hasn’t set the smartphone world on fire either. As a result, Huawei just displaced it as the world’s third largest mobile phone vendor by shipping 30.6 million phones, nearly 50 percent more than last year. It now holds a 7 percent market share behind Apple (10 percent) and Samsung (20.5 percent). Microsoft sits in fourth place after selling 27.8 million phones, nearly half the 50.3 million devices it sold last year over the same period.

As for smartphones, Strategy Analytics said that Apple grew by 35 percent over last year with sales of 47.5 million handsets at the expense of Samsung, which dropped its own share by 7 percent. While the Korean company still sold a lot more smartphones than Apple (71.9 million), a lot of those devices are cheap and basic — which is why Samsung profits keep falling and Apple’s keep rising. Meanwhile, Huawei also moved to third place in smartphone sales, having displaced fourth-place Xiaomi over last year. Microsoft falls in the “also-ran” category, but is hoping that some of its Windows 10 mojo (and strong reviews) will soon rub off on its smartphones, too.

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Source: Strategy Analytics

30
Jul

Honor 6 Plus International Giveaway! [3 Smartphones!]


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It’s giveaway time!

This week, we’re giving away three Honor 6 Plus! We’re teaming up with Huawei this time around, to spread the love with you guys!

The Honor 6 Plus boasts powerful internals, a vivd and crispy display, and packs a massive battery. It’s also features a beautiful metallic design, and is a great looking smartphone.

Great content on the Honor 6 Plus

Check out our other content on Honor, here.

Giveaway!

It’s super easy to enter. Follow the directions down below! Good luck, everyone!

Honor 6 Plus International Giveaway! [3 Phones!]

Terms & Conditions

  • The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.)
  • If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize.
  • We are not responsible for lost shipments.
  • You must be age of majority in your Country of residence.
  • We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur.
  • Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win.
  • We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway.
  • The prize will ship when it is available to purchase.

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29
Jul

Huawei’s scheduled to hold a launch event for the Honor 7 in the UK on August 27


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Huawei has just announced that it will hold an event on Thursday, August 27, in London, UK, to launch its flagship smartphone of 2015, the Honor 7. The handset will be up for grabs after the event in SIM-free form, but, unfortunately, we have no information with regards to pricing as of yet.

As for the specifications the device packs a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 2.2GHz Kirin 935 System-on-Chip (SoC), 3GB of RAM, 16 or 64GB of expandable internal storage, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 3,100mAh battery.

On the software side, the Honor 7 will ship running the latest build of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop skinned with the Chinese company’s ultra-customizable EMUI 3.1 custom user interface, which enables users to easily install their own themes.

Do you live in the UK? If so, are you planning on picking up an Honor 7 when it launches next month? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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29
Jul

Mid-range smackdown: Oppo R7, Samsung A7, Asus ZenFone 2, and Sony Xperia M4 Aqua


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OPPO R7, the company’s mid-range champion.

Not too long ago, it was surprisingly difficult to find an unlocked, capable smartphone for an affordable price point. To get a mobile device that worked properly, it wasn’t uncommon that users would need to spend anywhere around $500-$800. Luckily for everyone, a number of device manufacturers have been releasing smartphones that are capable of handling everyday tasks, but still won’t break the bank.

Specifically, lesser known but rapidly growing smartphone companies such as OPPO and Asus have been releasing some great devices, and so have well-known manufacturers like Samsung and Sony. But how do the most prominent mid-tier smartphones from these companies compare? While this is not a complete list by any means, we decided to pit just a few mid-range handsets against one another to see how they fare.

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Specifications

Today we’ll be comparing the OPPO R7, Samsung Galaxy A7, ASUS ZenFone 2, and the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. It should be noted early on that we haven’t reviewed the Galaxy A7, though given its comparable specifications to the competition, we thought it to be a good device to add to the comparison. Although these smartphones bring somewhat similar specifications and price points to the table, many of them still differ from one another when it comes to overall user experience. Before we get too far into the details, let’s take a look at the specification list below:

  OPPO R7 Samsung Galaxy A7 (A700FD) Sony Xperia M4 Aqua ASUS ZenFone 2
Display 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
Processor 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 (4GB RAM),
1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 (2GB RAM)
RAM 3GB 2GB 2GB 2/4GB
Storage 16GB, expandable up to 128GB 16GB, expandable up to 64GB 8/16GB, expandable up to 128GB 16/32/64GB, expandable up to 64GB
GPU Adreno 305 Adreno 405 Adreno 405 PowerVR G6430
Camera 13MP rear f/2.2
8MP front-facing f/2.4
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
13 MP rear camera
5MP front camera
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
Software Color OS 2.1, Android 4.4.2 KitKat Samsung TouchWiz, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop Zen UI, Android 5.0 Lollipop
Battery 2,320mAh, non-removable 2,600mAh, non-removable 2,400mAh, non-removable 3,000mAh, non-removable
Dimensions 143 x 71 x 6.3mm, 147g 151 x 76.2 x 6.3mm, 141g 145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3mm, 136g 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9mm, 170g
Fast charging Yes No No Yes

Display

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Bringing a great price tag and solid specs, the Asus ZenFone 2 is one of the best mid-range options on the market.

To begin, let’s talk about the display. Mid-tier smartphones have come a long way on the display front, with many options now hitting the market with Full HD panels – and that’s true for the ZenFone 2, the Oppo R7 and the Samsung Galaxy A7. The big difference between these displays, however, is that the R7 and A7 both feature Super AMOLED displays instead of an LCD. AMOLED vs. LCD is still an ongoing debate, but much of the time you’ll find more vivid colors with AMOLED technology and there are certainly a number of folks that prefer AMOLED over LCD.

Unfortunately, Sony chose to go with a 5.0-inch 720p panel on their device, which might upset a few users hoping to get the clear 1080p resolution out of their mid-tier smartphone. Even though having a device with a lower resolution display might result in a tad better battery life, we’re sure most users would choose Full HD over this option if given the chance.

Performance

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With a Snapdragon 615, the OPPO R7 stands towards the top when it comes to performance.

When it comes to performance, none of these smartphones are particularly poor at handling everyday tasks, though a few still manage to stand out from the rest. The OPPO R7 and ZenFone 2 both performed really well in our full reviews, largely due to their impressive internals.

Featuring 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 615 CPU, the R7 is quite the competitor to the ZenFone 2 with 4GB of RAM and Atom Z3580 CPU. Both devices handle gaming quite well, and they do a great job at performing everyday tasks. The Snapdragon 615 found in both the R7 and A7 has proven itself to be quite a capable processor overtime, making both OPPO’s and Samsung’s offerings a great option for those looking for a device with a reliable processor. It should be noted, however, that we have not posted a full review of the A7, so we aren’t as informed on this device as we are with the others. As for the Atom Z3580, while it might perform similarly, Qualcomm processors tend to have better app compatibility and simply have a better rep (810 overheating drama aside).

Last on the list is the Xperia M4 Aqua. While this device features the same 615 processor found in the R7 and A7, our reviews have found that Sony’s offering tends to overheat relatively easily when playing games, which is one of our biggest points of contention with the device.

Camera

The M4 Aqua stands out when it comes to camera performance.

The M4 Aqua stands out when it comes to camera performance.

Oddly enough, all four of the devices we’re comparing today feature 13MP rear-facing cameras, though there’s still a big difference when it comes to image quality.

No matter which device you pick out of the lot, you won’t be disappointed in the camera department. But if you want a mid-range smartphone with a camera that stands above the rest, we’d suggest going with the Xperia M4 Aqua. In our full review, Sony’s offering consistently produced shots with great detail and with vivid colors. Sony’s camera app is quite simplistic and doesn’t come with too many features, though more can be downloaded separately.

Next up we have the OPPO R7 and ASUS ZenFone 2, which both produced average shots in our full reviews. Although we haven’t tested the A7’s camera for ourself, Samsung devices in the past have consistently produced well-balanced, accurate photos. Like most other smartphone cameras, these devices perform best in well-lit areas, with a noticeable decline in quality when moved into low-light situations. Ultimately, the R7 struggles in the post-processing department, while the ZenFone 2 fails to provide an acceptable amount of dynamic range.

All of the extras

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One of Sony’s signature features is waterproofing, and so it is great to see this present in the Xperia M4 Aqua.

Design and build quality are two big areas where manufacturers are shifting focus in the mid-range market, and all four of these smartphones surely don’t disappoint on that front. Whether you choose to go with the familiar design language of Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua or the premium-feeling OPPO R7, we’re sure most of you won’t have to sacrifice too much when it comes to overall design.

OEMs are also noticeably focusing on their software experiences, too. All of these devices feature software that’s been toned down significantly throughout the past few months, which has been a big pain point for mid-rangers in the past. OPPO’s simplified ColorOS provides a much smoother overall experience, while the ZenFone 2, Xperia M4 Aqua and Galaxy A7 are much more feature-rich than the others. When it comes to software, it ultimately comes down to which OEM skin you prefer, but you really can’t go wrong with any of these options.

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Quick charging? Yes please!

All four of these devices come with non-removable batteries, but that actually may not be a deal breaker. These mid-range offerings can all last around a full day on a single charge, though not much more than that. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about running out of space on your device, because all of them also come with microSD card slots.

The differences begin to really stand out when we take into account other attractive features such as IP68 water and dust resistance or quick charging technology. For instance, I’d much rather recommend the Sony option to anyone who spends the majority of their summer days sitting next to the pool, but I’d rather recommend the OPPO R7 or ZenFone 2 to someone who needs to charge their battery in half the time thanks to integrated quick charging.

Pricing and final thoughts

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OPPO R7’s design and performance put it towards the top of the list, though ZenFone 2 and the others follow close behind.

Choosing the right smartphone isn’t always an easy decision, and it can take some time to figure out what best suits your needs. Out of the pack, the OPPO R7 seemingly stands out above the rest if you’re looking for a powerful handset with an ultra-premium build and high-end features like quick charging. The ZenFone 2 certainly follows close behind, though many may be turned off by its choice of an Intel processor and its somewhat less attractive design (though that last point is completely subjective).

The Samsung Galaxy A7 also seems like a capable enough device, though we think it’s price tag may be too high for most users looking for a solid mid-range offering. As for the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua? Special features like waterproofing are great, though we certainly are a bit alarmed by the device’s apparent overheating issues.

Related: Best Android phones (June 2015)

All in all, this post is meant to condense our full reviews down to make it easier for you to decide on which phone is right for you. However, that’s not always the easiest way to get information across, so we’ve also linked our full reviews down below. Feel free to let us know which device you think is worth your hard-earned cash, and why the other smartphones won’t find their way into your pocket anytime soon.

More on these great devices

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26
Jul

Huawei G8 officially unveiled, featuring a fingerprint scanner and metal design


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The Huawei G8 has been released in China as a mid-range device with a metal design. The handset comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display and inside sits the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC and Adreno 405 GPU. The device offers two storage options: one with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, the other with 32GB of on-board storage and 3GB of RAM. Both models come with expandable memory up to an additional 64GB.

On the rear of the G8, there is a 13MP rear-facing camera while a 5MP camera sits on the front. Huawei included a fingerprint scanner on the back of the G8 just below the camera. And making sure that the G8 is powered throughout the day is a 3000mAh battery.

The software running on the G8 is Android 5.1 Lollipop behind Huawei’s own Emotion UI.

The Huawei G8 comes in three color options: White, Gold, and Black. The two models will cost $370 and $343, respectively. Huawei has yet to comment on the handset’s availability outside of China.

Via: TechnoDify

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24
Jul

Worldwide smartphone shipments up 12 percent YoY


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It’s that time of the year when analysts parade out market data for the midpoint of the year, so we can assess who the biggest winners and losers have been in the past twelve months. IDC, one of the big names in market data, has just released its comprehensive breakdown of how the smartphone market stands in Q2 2015.

Starting with the big picture, it is good news for the mobile industry as a whole. Worldwide smartphone shipments have leapt by another 11.6 percent compared with the same time last year. Vendors have shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2015, compared with 302.1 million units in the same period of 2014.

As you may have guessed, it is a combination of both high-end flagships and competitively priced smartphones that are continuing to drive consumer demand.

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Turning to the industry leader, Samsung, we actually see a stagnation in shipments from Q2 2014 to Q2 2014, despite apparently strong demand for its new Galaxy S6 smartphones. The issue for Samsung appears to be that it incorrectly estimated demand for its S6 Edge smartphone. Reports from Korea suggest that the company has been trying to fulfil consumer demand but also has a stock of regular Galaxy S6 handset that it can’t sell. Samsung will likely be pinning hope on the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus to drive sales higher later in the year.

Apple, on the other hand, has seen its shipments increase over the past year, after finally launching a smartphone that caters to consumer demand for larger smartphones. Interestingly, IDC suggest that Apple is also seeing big success in China, as higher earners move from local brands to higher-end models.

IDC Market Share Q2 2015 vs 2014

The rest of the top five global smartphone vendors are now all Chinese manufacturers, according to ICD. TrendForce awards fifth place to LG. Either way, just like TrendForce’s data from earlier in the week, the consensus is that the most notable shipments gains have come from Chinese brands, such as Huawei and Xiaomi.

Xiaomi has achieved a huge 29.7 percent year-over-year growth in terms of shipments, through a combination of continued growth China and expansion into new territories in India, Asia and Brazil. Huawei has focused its attention on Europe this year, which, combined with strong domestic demand, has seen considerable growth as a result, up a huge 48.1 percent.

Low-cost phones from Asia:

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Xiaomi’s low margin business model is also being adopted by other companies in the Chinese and Asians markets, which is pushing prices down for consumers but making profits tougher to come-by. Xiaomi is gradually turning its attention to the US, in a bid to expand out from the ultra-competitive Asian markets.

Lenovo has seen a more modest jump in its shipments, just 400,000, and has seen its share in China squeezed slightly by other low cost manufacturers. However, sales of Motorola devices, especially the entry level Moto E and G smartphones, have sold well across the globe, from India to the US.

IDC YoY Change Q2 2015

In summary, it has been another good year for most of the world’s smartphone vendors. Some are doing better than others and this year’s biggest winners so far appear to be Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi, while Samsung is still struggling after a lacklustre 2014. With each passing year the competitive environments in both the high-end and entry-level markets are becoming increasingly unforgiving.

These days, comparable hardware can be bought at half the price of expensive flagships from Samsung or Apple, and this is one of the leading reasons for the huge growth from the Asian brands. However, there are signs of growth in the high-end Chinese market as well, which Android brands do not seem to be capitalizing on right now.

Following a tough time with its Galaxy S5, a misjudgement seems to have also cost Samsung with the S6. At the other end, low-cost manufacturers are looking expand away from the Chinese market in search of further growth. There are opportunities to boost sales with low-cost devices in Western markets and whoever gets there first might secure themselves a spot in the top 5 for the coming years.

23
Jul

Huawei Ascend Mate 8 is delayed till 2016, Mate 7 Plus to be announced on Sept 2nd






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Not sure what to make of this one, but we’ll come back to that. Huawei has started teasing that it will be hosting an event on September 2nd and it had been widely anticipated to be the time and place where Huawei would announce its new flagship. However, if the rumours are true, that flagship, the Huawei Ascend Mate 8 is delayed till 2016 and the event on September 2nd will actually feature a device known as the Ascend Mate 7 Plus – think a marginally more premium version of the Ascend Mate 7.

The root of these rumours appears to be the belief that Huawei’s Kirin 950 processor, said to feature in the Ascend Mate 8, will not be ready until October. What really rubs me the wrong way about this rumour is that the Huawei Nexus is expected for release sometime between October and November and, you guessed it, that device is supposed to be based on the Ascend Mate 8. Just to clarify, this rumour doesn’t necessarily negate our previous understand of the Huawei Nexus – it just clouds it a whole lot more, if true. We’ll have to see what actually goes down on September 2nd.


What do you think Huawei is going to announce on September 2nd? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: MyDrivers via Phone Arena

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23
Jul

Packaging for the Huawei Watch is anything but cheap


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The Huawei Watch remains one of the most talked about Android Wear devices because it has yet to be released after debuting at MWC 2015 in March. Huawei has yet to provide a firm release date or price, but consumers are eagerly awaiting an arrival that should come this fall. Why are people so eager? The Huawei Watch features a premium design unrivaled (so far) by any other Android Wear device. With that premium device, will likely come a high price tag. So Huawei should really be all-in to make it a splashy product.

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Going along with the Huawei Watch’s premium design will be packaging of the same caliber. The box’s black exterior is textured, in addition to the embossed company logo, with a gold trim where the top and bottom pieces meet. Upon opening the box, you will see the Huawei Watch elevated above the white interior. There are gold pegs on the left and right sides of the watch. And the interior of the top piece reads “Huawei design. Smart within.”

This very well could be the packaging not meant for the base model that will cost less than $1,000.

Source: HD Blog
Via: Droid Life

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22
Jul

Hauwei defies trend with smartphone sales growth of 39%


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Defying a dropoff in sales of smartphones in the Chinese market, Huawei reported their smartphone sales for the first half of 2015 increased 39 percent. The performance was driven in large part by demand for high-end devices, which when combined with Huawei’s middle tier handsets, resulted in a 70 percent increase in shipments for those categories.

According to Huawei, the largest telecom equipment manufacturer in China, the company sold 48.2 million smartphones during the first half of the year. For reference, Apple sold 47.5 million iPhones just in the second quarter. Although Hauwei is huge in China, they still trail Apple, Samsung and Lenovo in terms of global smartphone sales.

Analysts have noted that the Chinese market has started to cool recently. For the first quarter of 2015, the market actually experienced a contraction which was the first decline since 2008. For the past five years, the Chinese market average 88.8 percent annual growth. However, IDC is projecting that growth rate will fall all the way to just 4.4 percent by 2019.

Huawei has slowly been positioning itself to survive the changes in its home market for smartphones. The company has introduced a smartwatch, it has been rolling out a global marketing campaign, and has focused on expanding in European markets, notably Spain and Italy.

source: Bloomberg

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