Persistent security claims by US officials behind market exit
Huawei is planning to pull out of the United States, according to an interview with CEO Ren Zhengfei. The head of the company is effectively giving up on the US market, following two years of criticism and intense scrutiny by the US government, along with accusations that the telecommunications company is helping the Chinese government spy on US citizens and businesses.
Second smartphone from Huawei with eight-core chip teased this week
More details about another Huawei smartphone with eight-core chip have surfaced, including an image showing part of the device. Teased by Huawei CEO Richard Yu last week as forming part of the Ascend P6S, the same MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor will apparently be appearing in the Huawei Glory 4 sometime in the future.
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.
Chinese telecom giant aims at speeds 100x faster than 4G
Chinese telecom giant Huawei has announced that it will invest more than half a billion dollars over the next five years to develop 5G mobile network technologies. The firm, one of the largest mobile phone manufacturers in the world and an important developer of wireless technologies, revealed its research and development intentions on Wednesday in a statement on the Huawei website, according to Reuters. The development of 5G technologies could boost wireless transmission speeds multiple orders of magnitude beyond their current levels with 4G LTE technology.
Group seeking new members; Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm not members
Cellphone manufacturers Broadcom, Huawei, Oppo, Samsung Electronics and Spreadtrum today announced the formation of MobileBench, a new industry consortium formed to provide more effective hardware and system-level performance assessment of mobile devices. The consortium will initially focus on addressing the need of developers to better understand every element within the mobile platform and deliver optimal system-level performance to enhance the user experience.
Move by Ministry of Public Security response to PRISM, Huawei allegations
In what is likely retribution for both the US government investigating Huawei and the recent PRISM surveillance program leaks, China's Ministry of Public Security are looking into US firms IBM, Oracle, and EMC for potential security problems, reports the state-run Shanghai Securities News. The three companies are the latest in a series of investigations by various agencies within China looking at how both Chinese-national and international businesses act within the country.
Chinese firm under more espionage-related scrutiny in UK government proposal
One of the adult content filtering systems being used at a large Internet service provider (ISP) in the UK has come under fire in reports, due to close ties with the Chinese government. Homesafe, the filtering system used by TalkTalk and praised by Prime Minister David Cameron in his online child protection proposal speech earlier this week, is being managed by Huawei, a company that has been accused of being a security risk by authorities in both the United Kingdom and the United states.
Statement from executive follows claims from ex CIA boss, UK government
Huawei has fought back against security risk accusations by authorities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Huawei vice president of external affairs William Plummer has said in a statement that it is time for those accusing the company of helping state-sponsored hackers in China to provide proof of their claims.
AT&T to hold event for 'what's next in wireless' on July 16th
AT&T has teased that it will be launching something on July 16th at a special event. An e-mail sent to media asking to "Get ready for what's next in wireless," and while it provides little in the way of clues as to what it could be for, Slashgear suggests it could be the launch of a number of smartphones and other mobile devices on the carrier, such as the new Nokia Lumia phone with a 41-megapixel camera expected to be revealed by the manufacturer tomorrow.
Uses 3.5-inch 480x320 display, Android 4.1
T-Mobile has introduced a new budget smartphone from Huawei to its ranks. The unfortunately-named Prism II builds upon the first Prism release in May last year with an improved specifications list, including a 1GHz single-core processor with 512MB of RAM, and a larger expandable 4GB of internal storage compared to the 2GB in the original.
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.
Budget-ranged tablet adds voice calls over 3G, Wi-Fi option
Huawei has unveiled a new seven-inch tablet in the MediaPad range with optional voice calling capabilities. The MediaPad 7 Vogue will launch in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi with 3G flavors, and while the second offers the ability to make calls, the size of the device may ensure it is an occasionally-used feature rather than a complete smartphone replacement.
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.
Nokia chair notes thoughts on merger to press in London
According to reports, the chairman of Huawei's consumer business group has given some thought to a Nokia acquisition. At the launch of the Ascend P6 smartphone in London, Chairman Richard Yu noted that the topic may have been discussed internally, but there were a lot of factors to consider.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Second China research report this month suggests 6.1M iOS sales
Samsung has sold more than 10 million smartphones in China within a single quarter for the first time, according to a research firm. The same report based on data from US research firm Strategy Analytics also claims that Apple resides in sixth place in the country's smartphone marketplace, one place below a similar report earlier this month that placed the iPhone in fifth place.
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.