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Huawei Ascend G7 offers 5.5-inch 720p display, 13MP rear camera

09/04, 12:38pm

Second Huawei IFA smartphone launch shows Ascend G7 with metal body

Huawei's second smartphone launch at its IFA event is a more modest device in comparison to the Ascend Mate 7. The Ascend G7 is an LTE-equipped smartphone with a 5.5-inch 1280x720 display, and though it has specifications making it a mid-ranged device, Huawei has attempted to make it more attractive by using a metal body with relatively few plastic sections.

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Huawei launches Ascend P7 with 5-inch 1080p screen, 13MP camera

05/07, 11:22am

Ascend P6 has 8-megapixel front camera, 6.5mm thickness

Huawei has unveiled its latest iteration in the Ascend P series of flagship Android smartphones, at a launch event in Paris, France. The Ascend P7 follows on from the thin profile of earlier models by having a thickness of just 6.5mm, while still increasing the size of the display to five inches with a resolution of 1080x1920 and a pixel density of 445 pixels per inch.

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Hands on: Huawei Ascend G6 4G

02/25, 9:32am

LTE-equipped mid-range device 8MP, 5MP cameras

Huawei has launched its Ascend G6 4G smartphone at Mobile World Congress, among other devices. The mid-range smartphone, said to be based on the Ascend P6 in some aspects, offers LTE connectivity in a device measuring 7.85mm (0.31 inches) thick. Electronista briefly put the Ascend G6 through its paces at the trade show, and found it to be a pretty useful mobile device, albeit with some reservations.

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Huawei launches Ascend Y530 in Germany with two-tone casing

02/02, 2:31pm

4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor in Ascend Y530

Huawei has launched a brightly-colored addition to its smartphone range in Europe, with the two-tone casing and physical design said by Huawei to be aimed at a younger audience. The Ascend Y530 is an entry-level Android smartphone with a 4.5-inch, 480x854-resolution display, with the restrained internal specifications matching its low launch price tag.

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Huawei launches Ascend P6S amid flagship Ascend SX rumors

01/20, 5:31am

Ascend P6S thickens casing, upgrades processor of Ascend P6

Huawei has launched its update to the Ascend P6, at the same time as new rumors surface mentioning a new flagship device. Launched quietly in China, the Ascend P6S features a number of minor improvements from the Ascend P6, while the Ascend SX will apparently merge together the design of the P-series devices with the performance of D-series smartphones.

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Hands on: Huawei Ascend Mate2

01/06, 3:18pm

Second-gen phone supports all networks

Huawei has introduced its second-generation Ascend Mate2, bringing a long list of upgrades as the company continues to promote its brand in the US and elsewhere. The gigantic 6.1-inch smartphone is claimed to reach two full days of heave use, and even integrates an extra USB port so other devices can be charged from its 4,050mAh battery. We checked out the new device at the company's CES press conference today in Las Vegas.

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Huawei president confirms eight-core Ascend P6S on the way

11/18, 7:58am

Octa-core processor to appear in updated Huawei smartphone

An updated version of the Huawei Ascend P6 is on the horizon, one which will see it having an octa-core processor. Huawei president Xu Xun Quan revealed that the Ascend P6S smartphone will be getting the eight-core treatment in the future, though refrained from hinting at exactly when the device will be coming on the market.

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Huawei confirms Ascend W2 with Windows Phone 8, 4.3-inch screen

06/26, 9:54am

Ascend W2 shown at Mobile Asia Expo with China Mobile TD-LTE

The rumored Huawei Ascend W2 has been confirmed by the company, after making an appearance at the Mobile Asia Expo. Appearing on the Huawei stand, the Ascend W2 is a low-cost Windows Phone 8 device, complete with a 4.3-inch WVGA IPS display, a range of three colors, and a styling reminiscent of the Nokia Lumia range.

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Briefly: Huawei Ascend P6 priced in UK, Finland, LoveFilm Walking Dead

06/20, 12:39pm

Huawei Ascend Mate priced by UK retailer, Finish carrier

The Huawei Ascend P6 has opened up for pre-orders in the United Kingdom and Finland. The 6.18mm (0.24-inch) thick smartphone with a 4.7-inch 720p display has appeared on the British retail chain Carphone Warehouse website for £330 ($510) and shipping on July 4th, while carrier Elisa in Finland are offering it for 359 euro ($475) in mid-July.

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Huawei launches Ascend P6 with thin 6.18mm profile, 5MP front camera

06/18, 9:58am

Ascend P6 uses 4.7-inch, 1280x720 display, metallic case

Huawei has launched its Ascend P6 smartphone at its London event. Measuring just 6.18mm (0.24 inches) thick, just as earlier rumored, the Ascend P6 has a 1280x720-resolution, 4.7-inch in-cell display housed inside a metallic case, and in a break from the norm, provides a five-megapixel camera on the front of the device.

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Huawei Ascend P6 specs, Emotion UI leak before launch next week

06/12, 1:13pm

Retains 6.18mm thickness, 4.7-inch 720p display

The user interface for the Huawei Ascend P6 has allegedly leaked, along with an updated specifications list. The new Emotion UI, last seen by Electronista in the Ascend Mate, makes a reappearance with some slight tweaks that takes it a bit further away from stock Android, with the new leak appearing online just a week before the company's media event on the 18th of June.

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Second Huawei Ascend W2 render appears, shows flatter design

05/30, 10:05am

Huawei Ascend W2 Windows Phone smartphone claimed out this year

An image said to be a new Windows Phone from Huawei has appeared online, shown running Windows Phone 8. The Ascend W2, rumored last month but with a different press render, comes one day after Huawei started selling the Ascend W1, rebranded Huawei W1, through Walmart stores in the United States.

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Huawei Ascend P6 leak claims $330 price tag, larger 6.3mm thickness

05/28, 7:59am

Rear camera boosted to 8MP, front to 5MP, same Hass processor

The price of the impending Huawei Ascend P6 has reportedly leaked, weeks before a launch event expected to occur on June 18th in London. The Ascend P6, complete with its metallic casing and 6.3mm (0.25-inch) thickness, is claimed will cost 1999 Yuan ($330) at launch, though it appears to be marginally thicker than the 6.18mm (0.24-inch) that was previously rumored.

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Huawei Ascend P6 shown in range of colors, launch date leaked

05/24, 12:26pm

Huawei Device chairman reveals London launch event for P6

More images of the Huawei Ascend P6 have leaked, showing the thin smartphone in a range of colors. The Ascend P6, previously said to have a thickness of just 6.18mm (0.24-inches), has also had a potential launch date mistakenly revealed by Huawei Device chairman Richard Yu to readers of his Sina Weibo account.

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First Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Huawei hits US this month

05/09, 1:53pm

Walmart to be exclusive retailer, selling W1 as prepaid smartphone

Huawei will be putting its first Windows Phone 8 device on sale in the United States as a prepaid device in the near future. The Huawei Ascend W1, renamed the Huawei W1 for the US market, will be made available in Walmart stores and Walmart.com later this month, and retains the same specifications and feature set that Electronista saw at Mobile World Congress in February.

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Leak: Huawei P6-U06 photographs show 6.18mm thickness, metal trim

05/07, 10:03am

Device in images matches photos in Chinese regulator filing

Huawei is preparing an extremely thin smartphone for release, according to recently-surfaced photographs. Three shots of a device alleged to be the Huawei P6-U06 have appeared, showing a minimalist front display without physical buttons, and a metal edging on the sides that bears a passing resemblance to that of the iPhone 5.

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Images, specification of Huawei Ascend G700 surface

03/21, 2:55pm

Infamous evleaks account shows photographs of Huawei smartphone

Images of what is reported to be the Huawei Ascend G700 have appeared online, along with a small hint at its internals. The Android-based device bears a resemblance to the Ascend G615 in terms of looks, and based on another Twitter posting the infamous @evleaks account linked to, may also have relatively similar internal specifications.

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Huawei Ascend P2 photographs leak online ahead of launch

02/06, 10:25am

Shows 4.7-inch screen, on-screen home, back buttons

Photographs of a Huawei Android device rumored to be announced at Mobile World Congress have surfaced, one month after the Ascend P1 became available in the US. The unofficial images of the Ascend P2 show how thin the device is, with it's thickness rumored to be between 6.5mm (0.26 inches) and 8.4mm (0.33 inches), as well as having a 4.7-inch full HD screen.

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Huawei Ascend G615 revealed ahead of German launch

01/22, 9:47am

Similar device to G520, improved processor, RAM

Huawei has revealed the Ascend G615 Android smartphone on its German-language website. The mid-range mobile will have a 4.5-inch 1280x720 resolution display and overall seems similar to the recently-announced Ascend G520 heading to China, though the two handsets do have a number of small differences in specification.

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Huawei G520 surfaces, quad-core for $225

01/15, 5:08am

Huawei G520, low-cost quad-core smartphone makes appearance

Huawei is set to release its most affordable quad-core smartphone to date. The new Ascend G520 will cost the equivalent of around $225 off-contract when it lands on Chinese store shelves next week. To help keeps the cost of the device in check, it has turned to lesser-known chipmaker MediaTek and its MT6589 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz paired with 512MB of RAM.

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Possible Huawei Ascend Mate shown by executive on video

12/24, 6:33am

Video shows 6.1-inch screen demonstration in store

A video showing a Huawei executive demonstrating a phone with a 6.1-inch screen, rumored to be the Ascend Mate, has appeared online. The addition to the Ascend line, shown off by Huawei's Richard Yu, is seen to be demonstrated in a Huawei store in Guangzhou, ahead of the company's presentation at CES in two weeks time.

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Huawei Ascend D1 undergoes FCC testing

05/14, 1:26pm

Dual-core 1.5GHz Ascend D1 approved by the FCC

The Huawei Ascend D1 introduced at MWC alongside the quad-core Ascend D Quad has just undergone FCC testing. In the process, it has become the first of the Ascend range of devices that the regulatory body has approved for sale in North America. The listing cement the presence of a quadband GSM radio and pentaband HSPA+/WCDMA radio, meaning it will support AT&T and T-Mobile networks when unlocked.

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Huawei sees profit drop 53% in 2011 ahead of smartphone push

04/23, 8:30pm

Huawei saved mostly by smartphone, tablet pushes

Huawei on Monday said that its profit had tumbled 53 percent in 2011. The company made the equivalent or $1.8 billion and primarily blamed a tough world economy and resulting currency shifts. Most of its 2011 sales were buoyed by its home device group, whose modems, smartphones, and tablets saw revenue jump 44.3 percent; about 20 million were smartphones.

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Ultra-slim Huawei Ascend P1 to land in May

04/18, 8:10am

Huawei Ascend P1 to start shipping from May

Huawei has annouced that its ultra-slim Ascend P1 smartphone will start shipping in May. The Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) powered handset is one of the world’s thinnest at just 0.26-inches (6.68mm) thick. The first countries on the launch list include Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Huawei Ascend G 300 reaching Vodafone UK on April 13

04/11, 7:30pm

Vodafone first UK carrier to offer Huawei handset

Vodafone UK is launching the Huawei Ascend G 300 this Friday. The value Android phone will be the first Huawei branded handset sold in the UK, a milestone for the Chinese manufacturer.

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Huawei Ascend D quad rumored delayed to July

03/21, 3:25pm

Huawei may move quad-core phone back a month

Huawei's self-proclaimed fastest phone in the world, the Ascend D quad, may have had its released moved back by at least a month if tips are accurate. While unconfirmed, CNMO understood that it would go from expectations of shipping before the end of the spring to only starting production in June. The actual release would "likely" be in July, but the step left room for it to ship later still if timing required it.

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Huawei aims to be top cellphone brand in three years

03/07, 7:50am

Huawei guns for lead spot in phones

Huawei's device chairman Richard Yu in an interview set out high ambitions for the company. In a chat with Engadget, the executive wanted the Chinese cellphone designer to be the "industry's top brand" in three years. To him, it was less a matter of ambition and more basic survival, as companies that didn't aim to be large risked disappearing entirely.

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Huawei plans Asian, Euro LTE smartphones, devices by July

03/02, 6:35pm

Vendor brings its LTE to Europe and Asia

Huawei has used the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona to announce several new LTE smartphones and devices. The Chinese vendor has revealed that it would add LTE supported versions of the Ascend D series and Ascend P1 handsets as well as the E3276 wireless network card and E5776 Wi-Fi hotspot to its product portfolio. Huawei will be introducing the devices to the European and Asian markets by July.

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Hands on: Huawei's Ascend D quad Android phone

02/26, 11:25am

Company claims "fastest smartphone"

As expected, Huawei brought its flagship quad-core smartphone, the Ascend D quad, to Barcelona this week for Mobile World Congress. The company claims the device is the fastest smartphone yet, a bold claim for a handset maker that has just recently begun to try to establish its own brand after spending years as an original design manufacturer. In our hands-on preview, we try to discover if the device holds up to Huawei's promises.

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Live: Huawei's MWC 2012 press event

02/26, 9:15am

Huawei kicks off MWC 2012 coverage

Huawei is the first to start a series of introductory events at Mobile World Congress. It's expected to be one of the first with a quad-core smartphone in the Ascend D Quad (formerly D1 Q) as well as a 10-inch tablet, the MediaPad 10. Check Electronista's live coverage page from 9:30AM Eastern for updates as they happen from the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona.

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Last-minute: Huawei intros Ascend D Quad as world's fastest

02/26, 8:25am

Huawei Ascend D Quad already confirmed

(Update: official details) Huawei's marketing coordination inadvertently spoiled its Mobile World Congress plans early on Sunday after the scrolling ads at Barcelona Airport started showing one of its products with Arnoud Wokke there to capture a photo. Now referred to as the Ascend D Quad, the former D1 Q is billed as the "world's fastest smartphone." The claim is likely a reference to the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3, although whether it's actually faster than some dual-core phones is up for debate.

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Huawei shows Ascend D1 Q teaser photos

02/19, 2:05am

Huawei Ascend D1 Q won't go slim for quad core

Huawei in a series of teasers on Weibo and its forums (one, two since broken, three, four) has provided the first official look at the Ascend D1 Q. While they don't confirm the internal hardware, they do show a thicker design than the Ascend P1 S. The body would support talk of the "Q" referencing NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

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Huawei continues US push, sets up R&D in Silicon Valley

02/14, 7:25am

Huawei eyes bigger slice of US mobile market

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has continued its push for an increased presence in the US. Currently best known as a relative new comer that has targeted the bottom to middle tier of the Android market, the company has shown it has aspirational tendencies with new high-end devices planned for North American release. The latest sign is news that it is planning on moving its R&D to Silicon Valley, staffed by up to 600 employees.

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Huawei may add quad-core Ascend D1 Q, MediaPad 10 at MWC

02/13, 6:30pm

Huawei may have high-end phone, tablet in MWC show

Huawei's media event at Mobile World Congress may have already been spoiled early after company chairman Yu Chengdong possibly spoiled it in his Weibo profile. The February 26 Barcelona event would purportedly include the Ascend D1 Q, a presumably quad-core cousin of the Android 4.0-based Ascend P1 S. Its choice of chip wasn't mentioned, but would most likely be NVIDIA's Tegra 3 given the company's own event and other phones coming from Fujitsu and HTC.

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Huawei to bring Ascend P1 to US, preps Diamond phones

01/23, 4:20pm

Huawei dates Ascend phones, promises Diamonds

Chinese electronics maker Huawei will bring two of its flagship Ascend Android-powered phones to the US market soon, Twice found. One of them, the Ascend P1, will be the slimmest on the US market, it's claimed. Either will have a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor and ship with Android 4.0 onboard.

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Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P1 S and why it matters to the US

01/14, 4:05pm

We get to try Huawei's super-slim P1 S flagship

Huawei isn't normally known for high-end phones; usually, it's the company serving the $200 off-contract smartphone to a Chinese resident who might never get a smartphone otherwise. The Ascend P1 S, then, came as something of a surprise at CES this week when it it not only hit a record-breaking 6.7mm (0.26 inches) thickness but became one of the first truly official phones with Android 4.0 beyond the Galaxy Nexus. We gave the P1 S a shakedown at CES; read on for whether it signals a change in Huawei's impact in smartphones.

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US Cellular to offer Huawei Ascend II

12/23, 2:20pm

Second US cartrier to offer Huawei smartphone

US Cellular will soon be running a new budget Android phone, the Huawei Ascend II. The hardware centers on a 3.5-inch, 480x240 touchscreen and runs Android 2.3. The carrier is the second US-based carrier to carry the phone, following Cricket, which launched it in July.

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Cricket ships Huawei Ascend II Android smartphone

07/12, 1:10pm

Cricket launches successor to Ascend smartphone

Wireless provider Cricket has formally unwrapped the Huawei Ascend II smartphone. It will replace the carrier's lowest-priced Android handset, the original Ascend, which was also its best-selling smartphone. The new device has some marked improvements, including a faster 600MHz processor, a five-megapixel camera and Android 2.3

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Cricket unveils Huawei Ascend as lowest cost Android phone

10/06, 10:35am

Cricket intros low-cost Huawei Ascend smartphone

Wireless provider Cricket on Wednesday said it will soon launch the Huawei Ascend Android-powered handset. Calling it the first low-cost Android smartphone in the US, Cricket says the phone sports a 3.5-inch, 640x240 touchscreen, Wi-Fi, a 3.2-megapixel camera and MP3 playback capability. Storage comes from microSD memory cards, and Android 2.1 is onboard.

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