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.
Samsung still overwhelmingly in control
Apple retook fifth place in the Chinese smartphone market during the first quarter of the year with an 8 percent share, according to Canalys data obtained by IDG News. Previously, during the third and fourth quarters of 2012, Apple had been relegated to sixth place. Samsung remained in control during Q1 2013, managing a 20 percent share. Local firms Yulong, Huawei, and Lenovo completed the top five.
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.
Founder Ren Zhengfei claims Huawei not connected to US security issues
The founder and president of Huawei has made a rare appearance in front of reporters to defend his company. Ren Zhengfei spoke out against claims made by the US government that it is a national security risk, due to apparent close ties with the Chinese government, and allegations that Huawei equipment could have allowed sensitive details to be passed to Chinese agencies.
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.
New $10 billion by 2017 estimate may still be too optimistic
Citing a new "deeper understanding of the market," telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei has cut its previous estimate of $15 billion in annual sales by 2017 to $10 billion. As part of the reduction of expectations, Huawei CEO Eric Xu said that "we are not interested in the U.S. market anymore" in response to questions about the US House Intelligence Committee report calling the state-supported manufacturer a threat to US national security.
Rebranded Ascend G710 adds GSM, CDMA support,
Huawei has unveiled a new smartphone destined for the Chinese market. The A199, said to be a renamed version of the Ascend G710 that leaked late in February by evleaks, appears to bear a remarkable similarity to the leaked G700 in both looks and specification, using a five-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280x720.
Windows Phone 8 smartphone uses 8MP camera, 1.5GHz processor
Details relating to the Huawei Ascend W2 specifications have reportedly appeared online. The high-end Windows Phone 8 device is alleged to have a Qualcomm S4 processor running at 1.5GHz supported by 1GB of RAM, along with an image showing a slightly more rounded design compared to its predecessor, the Ascend W1.
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.
Huawei smartphone offers 4-inch touchscreen, $150 price tag
MetroPCS has added to its roster of 4G LTE devices with a new smartphone from Huawei, following on from the $150 Activa 4G launched by the carrier last year. The Premia 4G has a 4-inch touchscreen display than its predecessor, with an 800x480-pixel resolution and Gorilla Glass protection, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM.
Ruling first of three court proceedings between the pair in two weeks
The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany has ruled in an LTE patent suit brought by Huawei against ZTE, with Huawei has winning an injunction in the country against ZTE. The ruling prevents it from selling LTE base stations in Germany. Despite the injunction, a minor victory was won by ZTE, as it is still allowed to sell USB "4G" modems. The devices were deemed to be not infringing, and cleared by the court.
Support for LTE Category 4, thin profile
Huawei took advantage of Mobile World Congress to demonstrate what it calls the "world's fastest 4G LTE smartphone." The Ascend P2, officially unveiled yesterday by the company, is the first with LTE Category 4 support for theoretical maximum download speeds of up to 150Mbps. Electronista took a few moments to get an overall feel for the high-speed mobile phone on the Barcelona show floor.
Huawei's latest Android handset
Following accurate leaks, Huawei has formally unveiled its Ascend P2 smartphone. Labeled the "world's fastest 4G LTE smartphone," the Android-based P2 is said to be one of the first smartphones to arrive on the market with LTE Category 4 support for theoretical maximum download speeds of up to 150Mbps.
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.
Samsung, Nokia, ZTE, Huawei devices potentially infringing
As expected, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has announced that it is launching its investigation into InterDigital's patent complaint against mobile phone manufacturers Huawei, Samsung, Nokia, and ZTE. Non-practicing entity InterDigital Communications complained to the ITC that the four manufacturers were violating patents related to CDMA, and LTE communications. InterDigitial is seeking "permanent injunction and compensatory damages in an amount to be determined, as well as enhanced damages based on willful infringement" of the company's patents.
Samsung claims inappropriate filing, Huawei says FRAND not offered
InterDigital is being given some stronger-than-usual resistance to its International Trade Commission (ITC) complaints against Huawei and Samsung. Huawei yesterday requested the ITC not investigate InterDigital's latest complaint until the standards-essential patents involved in the complaint have been resolved in federal court in Delaware. On the same day, Samsung complained to the ITC that InterDigital did not provide imported devices for the complaint that were purchased after a licensing agreement expired.
German test connections used existing Vodafone Germany fiber
Huawei has successfully tested an optical fiber transmission over a live network, achieving speeds of 2Tbps. The terabit-connection speed tests were carried out over Vodafone's existing fiber network in Germany, and could potentially offer carriers a connection backbone that is twenty times that of commercial networks currently in operation.
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.
Overall Huawei revenue rise claimed due to research efforts
Phone manufacturer Huawei has revealed it has increased its year-on-year net profits by 33 percent in 2012. Profit levels rose to 15.4 billion yuan ($2.5 billion) from the 11.6 billion yuan ($1.9 billion) earned in 2011, and the company expects it to grow stronger thanks to the growing mobile and cloud computing markets.
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.
Ascend D1 LTE bound for Japanese market
If you're familiar at all with astrophysics, you'll understand how the gravitational pull of Huawei's Ascend Mate phablet drew us back to the Chinese manufacturer's booth for the second day in a row. This time, we crossed the event horizon in order to check out Huawei's other offerings, namely the Ascend D1 LTE and Huawei's Windows Phone offering, the Ascend W1. Huawei also had a few tablet offerings on display that we'll get to later, but for the moment these two actual hand-friendly handsets were our targets for handling.
Electronista handles Huawei's huge handset
Huawei is at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, as you might have guessed, and they're showing off their Ascend Mate phablet. The 6.1-inch Ascend Mate -- that is: six and one-tenth actual inches -- showed up on video late last year, but it sort of had to be seen to be believed. Topping even Samsung's Galaxy Note II, does the new Ascend Mate's extra girth give it an edge over other phone-tablet hybrids?
Ascend P1 shows up, contract-free for $450
Having passed FCC testing in the middle of last year, Huawei's Ascend P1 smartphone is finally available on the American market at online retailer Amazon. Customers can get the Huawei flagship handset for $450 from Amazon today. The version on sale does not have LTE capability, but it support HSPA+ 3G on American GSM carriers such as AT&T, Straight Talk, and T-Mobile.
'Patent troll' renews legal hostilities against four manufacturers
Following the announcement of an extension of its patent license agreement with Research In Motion which added "coverage for 4G, LTE, and LTE-Advanced products," non-practicing entity InterDigital announced a new United Stated International Trade Commission (USITC) complaint against Huawei, Nokia, Samsung, and ZTE. InterDigitial is seeking "permanent injunction and compensatory damages in an amount to be determined, as well as enhanced damages based on willful infringement" of the company's patents.
Huawei said to have offered 1.3 million euros of embargoed tech
Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei will likely see increased scrutiny from US regulators, as a report from Reuters found that the company offered to sell at least 1.3 million euros worth of embargoed computer equipment to the largest mobile phone operator in Iran two years ago. The report cites documents in which Huawei and a closely-tied Iranian affiliate proposed providing Mobile Telecommunication Co of Iran (MCI) with Hewlett-Packard servers, disk arrays, and switches. The revelation is the second in as many months that has seen a major Huawei partner in Iran accused of violating technology embargoes.
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.
Five-year investment will hire 100 staff, work on UI
Huawei intends to spend 70 million euro ($93 million) on a new research and development facility in Finland. The new location in Helsinki, Finland's capital city, is roughly 13 miles away from Nokia's headquarters in Espoo, will initially employ 30 staff and will swell to 100 over a five year period, and will bring the company's global R&D staff to over 70,000.
Communist party officials reiterate denials of espionage charges
During China's 18th Party Congress Communist party meeting, China's commerce minister decried US fears that Huawei posed a security risk. The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee warned art month that the Chinese government could be using Huawei and ZTE-made equipment for espionage purposes. The report claimed that the presence of a Communist party cell in the management of both companies was the primary reason for the concern.
Mini could help international sales, analyst claims
Apple should sell about 101.6 million iPads in 2013, according to a new estimate by Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. "With the impressive refresh of the 4th generation Retina iPad and launch of the iPad Mini earlier this week, we anticipate very strong holiday quarter iPad sales," says Walkley in a new investor memo.
Release of Honor follow-up in China set for November
Huawei has revealed the follow-up to the Honor handset it released last year. Powered by a 1.4GHz K3V2 quad-core processor, a hefty upgrade from its single-core Snapdragon-based predecessor, the Honor 2 has a 4.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280x720, which gives it a pixel density of 326ppi.
Huawei says it's done a poor job of communicating
Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei has offered to open up access to the software powering its products in an effort to allay fears in the west that it is relaying information back to China. John Lord, chairman of Huawei's Australian arm, says that the company has been ineffective in communicating with regulators in the west, and that it must do a better job of that in the future. Lord has said that Huawei would be open to sharing its code in a controlled security environment in order to assure western legislators and companies that they have nothing to fear from its products.
Huawei expects no impact, says investigation flawed
Chinese telecommunications manufacturer Huawei doesn't expect that a US congressional probe into its operations will have much of an impact on its business in other overseas markets. This according to Huawei's Senior Vice President Zhang Chunxiang, who characterized the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Huawei as flawed and incomplete and indicative of growing US trade protectionism.
Trial ended after Huawei removed offending code
Networking equipment manufacturer Cisco is accusing competitor Huawei Technologies of misstating facts doing a 2003 copyright infringement case, and has released segments of what was said from a previously sealed document. Cisco wait it was revealing parts of an expert's report "so the world could learn what really happened."
New allegations come in wake of House committee report
Following the release of a report from the House Intelligence Committee, the panel investigating possible security concerns stemming from Huawei and ZTE equipment use now claims to have received "dozens and dozens" of calls from former employees and customers of the two companies. These calls, according to Reuters allege suspicious equipment behavior, especially on the part of Huawei's equipment. The development is likely to result in intensified scrutiny of the two Chinese companies' dealings, further hampering their efforts to make gains in the US telecom market.
Congress asks US firms to stop fueling expansion of Huawei, ZTE
A draft Congress report due today argues that leading Chinese telecoms producers Huawei and ZTE should be locked out of the U.S. market over security concerns, reports Reuters. The US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee argues that the two companies are subject to the influence of the Chinese government. After 11-months of research, the committee believes that it is in the best interests of U.S. firms and the country to avoid purchasing products from either Huawei or ZTE.
US committee report scheduled to be released on October 8
Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) and C.A. Ruppersberger (D-MD) are preparing to issue a report October 8 on a year-long investigation of smartphone and equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE Corp. The US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has been examining whether the companies' expansion in the US market enables Chinese governmental espionage and endangers the telecommunications infrastructure of North America.
Expansion to UK, Europe also expected by Xcom
Xcom Global, the Internet access rental service used by people travelling internationally to any of 195 countries, is making the move to include LTE connections in its plans. A deal between Xcom and Emobile will allow visitors to Japan to rent a Huawei GL01P hotspot and use the prevalent 75Mbps LTE connections in the country, with future plans to expand the option further afield.
Huawei phones initial offerings, more to follow
Partially confirming previous leaks, Electronics retailer RadioShack and Leap Wireless International's Cricket-branded network have teamed up to launch a wireless service able to be purchased at RadioShack, or in-store kiosks at Target. The pay-as-you-go plans will initially sell two Huawei Technologies phones.
Ascend G600 smartphone with 4.5-inch screen, 1.2GHz CPU coming in September
Chinese phonemaker Huawei has just released its latest smartphone, the Ascend G600. It sports a large, 4.5-inch IPS LCD with 960x540 resolution and runs on Android 4.0. Processing power comes from a Qualcomm, 1.2GHz, dual-core processor paired with 768MB of RAM.
ZTE, Huawei links to Chinese government probed
China's ZTE has agreed to participate in US congressional inquiries into the companies alleged ties to the Chinese government and any potential espionage threats arising from those ties. ZTE, along with Huawei, is under investigation by the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence over subsidies the company receives from the Chinese government, as well as any potential threats to the American telecommunications infrastructure arising from ZTE's relations with assorted Chinese governmental entities. Sources familiar with the congressional proceedings tell Reuters that the hearings could begin as early as the second week of September, though negotiations are still ongoing as to which ZTE executives will appear before the committee.
Android 2.3 phone comes to prepaid carrier
The Huawei Ascend D is now available on prepaid wireless carrier Cricket. Customers interested in the Ascend Q can purchase t for $120 with an instant $20 web discount. The Ascend Q requires a prepaid contract of at least $55 per month, or $65 per month with Cricket's Muve Music service.
7-inch tablet to run Android 4.1
Huawei's company site today unveiled a new entry in the 7-inch tablet sector, the MediaPad 7 Lite. The new tablet, in combination with the recently revealed MediaPad 10, will allow the Chinese manufacturer to compete against both Apple's iPad and Google's Nexus 7 tablets. With regard to the latter at least, Huawei's entry will have a clear edge in some of its feature set.
LTE MediaPad to come with large cloud storage component
A teaser video (shown below) on Huawei's YouTube page has revealed the company's new MediaPad 10 FHD. The 10.1-inch tablet boasts some powerful specs, and will ship with 160GB of cloud storage, as well as a number of other features. The video doesn't give any pricing or availability for the Android 4.0 device, which was initially supposed to launch in the spring of this year.
Microsoft has no plans to build own-branded Windows 8 hardware
Microsoft senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, Greg Sullivan, has flatly stated during an interview that the company has no plans to release Microsoft-branded Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Recent rumors after Microsoft unveiled its own iPad competitor, the Surface tablet, last week, suggested that's the next step in the software giant's strategy. Sullivan also added that the company is satisfied with its current hardware partners for smartphones, who include HTC, Nokia, Samsung, and Huawei, Information Week revealed.
Committee investigating subsidies, legal action could follow
The US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee is looking into the relationship between the Chinese government and Chinese telecom manufacturers Huawei and ZTE. Committee chair Mike Rogers, speaking with Reuters, said he believes it is necessary to look into whether or not the two manufacturers are receiving unfair subsidies from the Chinese government, and whether hardware from the companies could represent a national security threat.
Huawei Activa 4G at MetroPCS becomes the least expensive 4G LTE smartphone
MetroPCS is now offering the least expensive 4G LTE-capable phone on the market with the Huawei Activa 4G. Priced at just $149 without a contract, the phone is currently the price champ, though the price is said to be on for a limited time. The price does include a $50 mail-in rebate, however, so buyers will need to fork out $200 initially.
Chinese companies push back against rumored EU action
Chinese telecom hardware manufacturers Huawei and ZTE have denied receiving any illegal subsidies from the government of China, Reuters reports today. The two cellphone makers have come under fire for alleged unfair trade practices and now are rumored to face impending punitive action from European Union regulators.
EU regulators allege illegal government subsidies
Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE are under investigation by European Union regulators, who have been building a case that the two companies have benefited from illegal government subsidies. Sources familiar with the investigation have told The Financial Times that the accusations against the two telecom companies make up the major focus of a larger case that could result in punitive tariffs covering a range Chinese exports to the EU.
Ascend P1 gets FCC approval for sale in North America
The Huawei Ascend P1 smartphone has now completed FCC testing. The Chinese phone-maker still hasn't revealed any official launch information for the 4.3-inch flagship, and it's missed its originally promised April reveal date. This FCC approval means the company is at least certified to sell the handset in the US.
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.