Huawei released the P40 series this year in April with a 5G phone as well. The cutting-edge Kirin 990 5G chip is super-fast and takes the user experience to the entire next level. But Huawei P40 Pro and Pro plus are just too expensive for some users. The Huawei P40 Pro with 256GB internal storage and 8GB RAM comes around $900. The higher-tier of smartphones in the series goes even higher in terms of price.
Now, the company decided to launch a new smartphone in the P40 series but that would be a more economical version of P40. The Huawei P40 lite 5G is an upgraded version of the Huawei P40 Lite that the company released in April 2020. The phone features upgraded silicon, a better camera equipped with AI software, and of course, 5G connectivity support.
The phone has a 6.5-inch LCD panel with HDR 10 support at Full HD+ resolution and has 1080 x 2400 pixels. The phone is powered by the new HiSilicon Kirin 820 5G octa-core chipset compared to the Kirin 810 on the previous model. The phone features a quad camera setup on the rear side of the phone. The primary camera is of 64MP and uses Sony IMx582 sensor with f/1.8, the secondary camera is of 8MP wide-angle lens with f/2.4, the third camera is of 2MP super macro lens with f/2.4, and the fourth camera is of 2MP with depth sensor lens and f/2.4. The front camera can take up to 16MP photos with f/2.0. The phone has 6GB internal storage with 128GB RAM.
The phone has a 4,000mAh battery with a 40W proprietary fast-charging capability. This much battery is good enough for an average user to sustain his phone for more than 24 hours with a single full charge. You can charge your phone up to 70% in 30 minutes as per the company's official statement.
In terms of connectivity, the phone supports Bluetooth, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, and 5G support. The phone comes running EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10. The design is similar to Huawei Nova 7 SE that was launched in China last month. The phone comes in three colors - Space silver, Crush green, and Midnight black. If you living in any part of Europe, you can pre-order the phone right now. The phone will go on sale starting on May 29 for a price of $430.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro has taken photography to the next level. The phone features several camera modes that allow you to take almost DSLR-like photos with a simple point and shoot camera. The phone has a standard photo mode that uses a 50-megapixel primary camera. The sensor is RYYB instead of regular RGB which can take more light and create vibrant photos. Mate 40 Pro offers aperture mode that allows you to get manual control over how much light you want to take in. This mode is good for advanced users who like manual control over all the elements.
Recently, we have seen the latest trend of smartphones competing for overnight modes. The device takes great images even in low-light situations in night mode, although when you take a dark photo in the standard photo, integrated AI optimization plays its role to make pictures look brighter and sharper. If you are taking pictures where light is good enough, it is better not to switch to night mode as the standard model is also capable of taking low-light photos.
The portrait mode introduced in Huawei Mate 40 Pro is slightly more advanced than regular smartphones. As it doesn't just blur the background but also softens the background and applies a desaturation effect to clearly differentiate you from the background. If you like the traditional black-and-white style photography, perhaps, the monochrome effect is for you. The device can add a black and white filter to a color image. You can apply the monochrome overlay for regular images or portrait shots.
Last but not the least, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro features Moon mode which was introduced back in Huawei P30, but the company didn't highlight it much. The results have incredible improvement and you can take pictures of the moon by simply zooming in and keeping the moon in the frame.
Nova Series is one of the most profitable series of Huawei. The company launched the smartphone series earlier this year and it included Nova 7i, Nova 7 SE, Nova 7, and Nova 7 Pro. In October, the last member of the Nova 7 series came which was targeted towards Youth. It also had support for 5G connectivity. The Chinese manufacturer unveiled the Nova 8 SE last month that was powered by Dimensity 720 and Dimensity 8000U processing chips. Today, Huawei unveiled the Nova 8 series consisting of Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro. These two smartphones feature a 120Hz refresh rate display, Kirin 985, and many other exciting features.
Huawei Nova 8 features 6.57-inch OLED display panels and Nova 8 pro has a larger 6.72-inch OLED panel. The Nova 8 features 1080x2430 pixel full HD+ resolution, up to 90Hz refresh rate, and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The Nova 8 pro has 1236x2676 full HD+ resolution up to 120Hz refresh rate, and 300 touch sampling rate. The Nova 8 series features 8GB of RAM and 128GB and 256GB of internal storage but does not support external storage. The phone comes with EMUI 11 preinstalled based Android 10 operating system. The same chip has been previously used on phones like Nova 7, Honor V30, and Honor X10.
The standard Nova 8 has a 64-megapixel primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens with 120-degree FOV, a 2-megapixel macro camera with 4cm focal length, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Nova 8 has a 3,800mAh battery that supports 66W super-fast charging technology by the same vendor whereas the pro model gets a bigger 4,000mAh battery. The Nova 8 supports Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS. Huawei Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro models will be available in black, purple, green, and white that come in gradient shade. Both phones are up for pre-orders in the home market and are scheduled to go on sale on Dec. 30.
This came as no surprise. After the USA banned the number 1 Chinese smartphone brand Huawei, someone had to take its place. Xiaomi did well this year and sold more than 6 million smartphones, whereas Huawei managed to ship only 5.5 million phones globally. Both companies faced a decline in the sales chart but this is normal as most of the companies faced a downfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, Huawei shipped more than 12.2 million smartphones and Xiaomi was successful with 10 million in January of 2020. Huawei sales dropped almost 70% in February of 2020, compared to February 2019. Xiaomi's shipments dropped only around 30%. In total, 62 million phones were shipped to the world in February 202 - a decline of 39%, compared to 2019. During February Samsung shipped the most at 18.2 million devices, followed by Apple's 10 million iPhones.
It seems that after the US strike on Huawei, the company is losing outside of China because its phones don't support Google apps and services. Other phone manufacturers have taken this opportunity to their benefits and start rolling out premium-like smartphones with competitive prices under their names. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 outbreak hit Chinese companies very hard in February. However, China is already recovering, while western markets are slowly marking its progress. Samsung has also lost some percentage of market share but this the least amount and reaches 13% only.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has experienced an 18.7% increase in its iPhone shipment in China. The report suggests that the company has sold an estimated 3.18 million units of iPhone in China. Previously, the company saw a 6% growth in China for Sep and Oct periods. China is Apple's second-biggest market after the US and despite everything going on between the US and China, the company is still making good progress. According to the statistics, almost 389 million smartphones were shipped in China for 2019 out of which only 13 million were 5G-enabled.
Evan Blass from @evleaks has tweeted out a set of images depicting the upcoming Huawei Mate 9. These show both a flat screen version, as well as a dual curved screen variant of the smartphone. The Mate 9 will possibly be unveiled on November 3, at Munich and considering that the Note 7 is now permanently out of commission due to dangerous manufacturing defects, the Mate 9 could be the phablet that you may want to replace the Note 7 with.
Although the Mate 9 won't sport a stylus like the Samsung Galaxy Note series, it will sport impressive specifications nevertheless. Allegedly, the Mate 9 will be launched with a 5.9-inch display, a HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The premium variant with the dual-edge curved display is codenamed Long Island and will probably come with a QHD panel, ready for Google Daydream VR. The only bad news is that some leakstars are claiming that the Long Island will be available exclusively in China. Let's hope that it's not the case and we get a chance to check out the curved phone in person as well. In any case, the flat screen Mate 9, codenamed Manhattan will be released globally.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The next flagship smartphone from Huawei is coming and if the rumors have any truth to them, it's going to be a very capable device. Leaks on Weibo seem to be indicating that the Huawei Mate 9 will be powered by the manufacturer's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core 64-bit processor and six gigabytes of RAM. There will allegedly be different versions of the Mate 9 and the 6GB RAM version will sport 256GB of internal storage to go with all that memory and processing power. There could also be a more modest version of the smartphone that will sport the same chipset, but 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. All versions might also be powered by a big 4,000mAh battery.
Camera has been the highlight of the Mate 9 in all recent rumors since they have partnered up with Leica, the German camera maker for providing a rumoured dual camera setup at the back. The two 20-megapixel sensors from Leica will supposedly work together to provide stunning details even in low light, thanks to the f/2.0 aperture. The 5.9-inch (QHD resolution) metal-clad phablet will run on Android 7.0 and the OEM will make sure that customers get a LOT of colors to choose from while buying the smartphone. Apart from the 256GB/6GB version ($700/4700 yuan) and the 128GB/4GB version ($580/3899 yuan), there will also be a more affordable 64GB/4GB version ($480/3199 yuan) as well.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Apparently, everybody doesn't believe that one flagship per year is enough! The recently released P9 is the king of Huawei smartphones right now, but it is about to be dethroned as Huawei plans to release the Mate 9 by the end of 2016. Phone Arena adds that a late 2016 release is an educated guess because the Mate 8 was indeed revealed towards the end of 2015.
The rumored Kirin 960 SoC will power the device, placing it above the P9, which sports the Kirin 955 chipset. Expectations from the camera department are very high as the rumored 20-megapixel dual sensors at the back will presumably be designed by Leica, who had helped Huawei earlier to build the P9's camera setup as well.
Huawei has never exactly skimped out on power when it comes to the Chinese manufacturer's top-tier handsets, so we expect the Mate 9 to be packed to the gill with the latest hardware. At this point though, it is too early to predict other specifications of the device because even the prototypes are probably not ready yet. Nonetheless, we expect at least 4GB of RAM (if not 6GB) to accompany the Kirin 960, along with a powerful battery, a large display and a next-gen fingerprint sensor.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Huawei has unveiled its brand new flagship smartphone, the Mate 9 and not without a "customary" dab at the Galaxy Note 7's battery disaster by stating that they have been monitored "to eliminate safety hazards and safeguard battery life." There is no denying that the Mate 9 is an impressive smartphone with enough tricks up its sleeves to warrant it a position among the best in the business. Take a look below to check the specs and some of the functionalities that it offers.
Display: 5.9-inch Full High Definition (1080p) IPS LCD panel
SoC: Hisilicon Kirin 960 (Mali G71 MP8 GPU)
Storage: 64GB with support for micro-SD cards of up to 256GB (hybrid slot)
Rear camera: 20-mp + 12-mp Leica sensors with OIS, laser autofocus, phase detection, f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash
Front camera: 8-mp with f/1.9 aperture
Battery: 4,000mAh with "SuperCharge" fast charging
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 on top
Colors: Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Space Gray, Ceramic White and Graphite Black
Price: $777 for the regular version with 64GB storage and $1500 for the "Porsche Design" edition with 256GB storage
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As 2017 approaches, the new trend for the smartphones of tomorrow seem to be edge-to-edge bezel-less displays. Following the footsteps of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, Huawei is rumoured to be the next manufacturer to release a bezel-less smartphone and it might just arrive sooner than you think. The Honor Magic (as it will possibly be called), could be revealed on December 17. It could have already been out and about, had the original release date of December 7 not been pushed back.
If the latest leak is to be believed, then the Honor Magic will be priced higher than a mid-high end gaming PC, two or three average laptops and even the Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB variant! JingDong has the Magic priced at RMB 9,999, which equates to around USD 1441/Euro 1385/1162 pounds. Let's just hope that this listing price is the result of an exaggerated pre-release hype rather than a reflection of the actual official price tag. Also take a look at what the Magic promises to bring with it, as per leaks and rumors.
Curved Super AMOLED edge-to-edge 4K display made by Samsung
A huge battery with charging tech that pumps up the battery from 0 to 50% in five minutes
Dual rear cameras
Fingerprint scanner below the curved glass
3D glass back cover
We are not entirely sure about the authenticity of these rumors, but the image that you see above seems legitimate. However, some of the other specs, as well as the price seem like, well... "Magic!"
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There was a time when Chinese manufacturers were accused of copying features and designs from the more established brands, especially Apple. While some manufacturers are still on that road and it cannot be denied that even the most reputed of manufacturers have copied design elements from Apple, certain Chinese OEMs have introduced revolutionary concepts in the recent years, way ahead of Apple or Samsung. The Vivo Nex is the only true bezel less phone in the world right now and Huawei did revolutionize the smartphone camera by launching the incredible P 20 Pro; which was at that time, the only smartphone in the world with three rear cameras.
As a follow up to the P 20 Pro, Huawei will soon be launching the Mate 20 Pro, which is expected to further improve smartphone photography by introducing an enhanced version of the extremely successful Fusion Light technology we saw on the P 20 Pro. Apparently, the Mate 20 Pro will feature four rear cameras by Leica (an extra wide-angle lens), but instead of using Fusion Light, it will use an AI-powered version of it, called FusionMind. The exact details are fuzzy at the moment, but sources have it that the AI-powered technology will help to produce better, sharper images by automatically squeezing multiple pixels into one pixel, as necessary. Fusion Light on the P 20 Pro already provides users with an option to choose between 40-mp or 10-mp (squeezed pixels) images and this seems to be an enhanced version of that. Aside from the huge notch, it does look like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is going to be a very lucrative option soon. You can check out some of the other rumors at Gizmochina.
While the name itself is very hard to take seriously in every possible way, the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 X could both figuratively and literally be a game changing device. It has been a while since companies truly tested the old debate about "how big is too big," but the Mate 20 X is certainly asking that question! Featuring a mammoth 7.21" OLED display, this is not just a flagship device with all the bells and whistles, it brings something completely new to the plate too. Apparently, Huawei has developed this giant to cater to the needs of mobile gamers and while it's not out yet, it would be safe to say that this does look VERY promising. The OEM is even going to sell exclusive joysticks for the phone separately, similar to the Nintendo Switch console. To know what we are talking about, take a look at the most impressive specs below.
· Kirin 980 SoC with graphene-based cooling system
· 7.21" 2244 x 1080 FHD+ OLED display (HDR) with a dew drop notch
· 5000mAh battery
· 40 MP (f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7") + 20 MP (f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.7") + 8 MP (f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), ¼", 5x optical zoom)
· 24 MP f/2.0, 26mm (wide) selfie camera
· Color options: Midnight Blue, Phantom Silver
· Compatible with stylus and gamepad, which will be sold separately
· Available for Preorder from October 26
· Exclusive to China and certain parts of Asia only at the moment
In the face of numerous controversies Huawei says it has developed its own proprietary PC and mobile operating systems. The Chinese company, the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer, says the platforms are a contingency in case it is banned from developing on Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows platforms.
Certainly, trying to create a third mobile ecosystem is potentially a path to disaster. Yes, Huawei has huge resources and a loyal consumer base, but efforts from other companies to rival Android and iOS have failed.
Microsoft's Windows Phone was the third OS on the market but completely collapsed two years ago as Android's lead continued to grow. BlackBerry run its own platform for years but failed to keep pace in the smartphone era and now develops devices on Android.
Even Samsung, the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, has struggled to get its TizenOS off the ground. In fact, when I tested a Tizen powered handset the OS was so sluggish that even simply web browsing looking for a Borgata bonus code was a hassle. Huawei has had its own software problems in the past, with its proprietary Android services often criticized by users. The company may have a backup OS in place, but Huawei will be hoping it can continue to be part of Android's success.
Huawei has been caught up in the political tensions between the United States and China, with authorities in the U.S. accusing the company of spying on users for the Chinese government. Whether a ban on Huawei dealing with US companies is possible or not, the company is taking no chances.
Learning from history, Huawei is planning contingencies. Last year, Chinese rival ZTE was banned from working with US companies for violating US trade sanctions against Iran and closed down for four months. Huawei has denied any spying activity, but tensions continue to rise, and many nations have questioned using the company's 5G technology.
If banned from working with U.S. firms, Huawei would be in a tight position. The smartphone software market is dominated by Google and Apple, with the former's Android taking over 75% of the market. In other words, Huawei would have nowhere to go so has taken preventative measures by creating its own OS.
Richard Yu Chengdong, Huawei's mobile chief, told the South China Morning Post the company is prepared for any restrictions:
"We have prepared our own operating system, if it turns out we can no longer use these systems [Android], we will be ready and have our plan B," Yu said. The company has created a PC and mobile platform but stressed it would prefer to continue working with Android and Windows.
According to the new data from IDC Huawei's smartphone sale increased 50% in the first quarter as compared to the same time line last year. Apple's shipment dropped 30% while Samsung's fell to 8%. Apple and Samsung seems to face a setback in China whereas the Chinese tech giant is showing its statistics with proud. The new figures show Huawei is actually holding the 19% share of the global smartphone industry right now, which is its highest percentage ever. IDC said that the Chinese firm is ready to take the lead as the world's second-largest smartphone seller.
Huawei has already surpassed Apple in 2018, but the first quarter of 2019 is even more optimistic for the company. Apple's sales have been hit by weak demand in China and longer replacement cycles. Apple's CEO Tim Cook expected better results in Chinese market, but the company still reported a 22% drop in revenues in the region for its first quarter 2019. Huawei's consumer business has shown impressive growth over a few years, especially in its premium flagship smartphone area, despite being under fire globally from a US-led campaign against the company.
Huawei dominated the Chinese smartphone market in the first three months, taking a record 34% share as other rivals Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Apple all seem to struggle to get the grounds. The company alone, sold around 30 million phones in the first quarter whereas Apple managed to sale only 6.5 million phones. Apple reported 17% drop in the sale globally as compared to the last year's sale, facing the largest single-quarter decline in the history of the iPhone. In China, Huawei is only getting stronger. The company has opened more brick-and-mortar locations, pushed into rural areas and managed to attract new consumers with its smart devices and accessories.
Unlike Apple, Huawei and other Chinese smartphone makers also have a wide range of low to high-end models, so they can appeal to more cost-conscious buyers. Globally, Huawei seems to be in the position to overtake Samsung as the world's largest smartphone manufactuer in near future.
Google has decided to suspend its license to Android operating system to Huawei. Trump administration's action has started to impact Chinese smartphone makers Huawei already. Google has decided to stop licensing its Android OS to Chinese Telecommunication Company, in order to comply with U.S trade blacklist rules. The company however can continue to use open-source version of Android but won't be able to get the security and OS updates, along with usage restrictions on Google's apps like Gmail, Play store etc.
The move will have significant effect on millions of Huawei users and the company's global ambitions. Android operating system powers more than 80% of the world's smartphones. Huawei said they will continue to support existing customers. But if this problem isn't solved, the device will not have access to new version of Android OS called Q. "The revocation of its Android license will mean that it won't be able to provide core Google services to its smartphones," Richardson said.
"The current devices will continue to support Google services and Google updates," Francisco Jeronimo, associate vice president for European devices at IDC, told CNBC by telephone. "I think it's more of a long-term impact than very short term." In China, the story is a different. Consumers there have a limited version of the OS which doesn't come with the pre-installed Google's app like Gmail etc. For Chinese consumers, the impact is almost NILL. Many people suggest that U.S and China will reach a trade deal, and Google will resume its licensing to Huawei. In that case, things will come back to normal. However, if it is a long-term impact, the sales of Huawei will drop as well as its resale value. There won't be any consumers outside the Chinese if this situation continues.
US Department of Commerce provided a temporary license to Huawei for three months. Now the Chinese company will be able to keep sending software updates to its consumers for next three months after receiving a temporary license from the US commerce department. The existing license is due to expire on August 19th. The temporary license, effective from today, allows Huawei to take necessary actions to provide service and support, or software updates, security patches to its existing Huawei handsets that people are already using before May 16, 2019. The license will also allow Huawei to receive any security patches or maintain network equipment.
Last week, the Trump administration declared a national emergency to deal with Chinese technologies growth. This allowed the Secretary of Commerce to block all transactions with China considering it as a national security risk. Soon after the Trump administration blacklist Huawei, Google announced its cut-off with the company as it would be illegal for any company to work with the Chinese telecom giant without written permission from the U.S govt.
Google has announced that it would no long provide Android services for Huawei, although it is said that the company can continue to use the open source version of the OS. The Chinese market wouldn't have a great impact as they are already using the limited version of OS. This move, however, will have negative impact on Huawei's international sales numbers. The temporary general license will allow the company and the department to take the required actions for the customers in America and worldwide who are currently using Huawei devices. After this act, people are assuming that Chinese Govt. will surrender to Trump trade deal with China but only time will tell as the rumors suggest that Huawei has already start working on its own Operating system.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei spoke to Chinese media on Tuesday a few days after U.S President Trump issued orders to blacklist Huawei's business in the United States. He seems relaxed and confident despite of the situation that may cause a huge damage to the company. He said, United States underestimates the company's strength. Many suggest that it is an attempt to stop the company's global ambition and possible domination in next-generation 5G technology. He said, Huawei's 5G will absolutely not be affected. In terms of 5G technologies, others won't be able to catch up with Huawei in two or three years.
Last year, Trump declared a so-called national emergency which empowers him to blacklist companies seen as ‘an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States' - which seem to be clearly aimed for Huawei. At the same time, the US commerce department announced an effective ban on American companies to stop them to have any kind of business with Huawei. Ren said, we cannot be isolated from the world. We can also make the same chips as the US chips but it doesn't mean we won't buy them.
Google's operating system Android powers most of the smartphones in the world. After trump administration bans, Google announced to cut-off its ties with Huawei and suspended its licenses for Huawei. Although the company can still use the open-source version of the operating system. This move could have some serious negative implications on the company and its consumer, as the telecom company will no longer be able to access Google's proprietary services such as Gmail, Google maps etc. The US commerce department gave 90 days temporary license to deal with the impact, but Ren said, that we are ready. Huawei said, that Google and the company is working on terms how to deal with the ban as it referred the Google as a highly responsible company. A company spokesperson in Australia said the US actions "will not impact consumers" with a Huawei tablet or smartphone in the country, or those planning to buy a device in the future.
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is testing a smartphone with a new operating system Hongmeng, the company's OS developed in-house. This device can go on sale by the end of this year, as Chinese state-media Global times reported. Earlier this year, Huawei had to face trade sanctions from Trump administration which forces to cancel all trades with the company. This led to an international crisis for the Chinese company. While the Huawei band only came into effect this year. The company choose to develop its own operating system after Google refused to continue its license for Android OS. The company has also contributed to develop Android operating system.
We don't have much information about the new OS - Hongmeng. But Huawei executives has referred it as an operating system designed for interconnecting the internet-of-things products. An upcoming Honor TVs is expect to have the Hongmeng as its operating system. The company is using Android as its preferred operating system in the mobile devices so far, but the switch could happen in the near future, bringing Hongmeng to more devices.
In the past, no smartphone manufacturer has attempted such a bold attempt. Android has been the best alternative for non-iPhone users. People are not sure about the future of the company or its operating system but still they are excited to see something strong as Android's rival. It will take a lots of research, support of open-source community and devlopers by the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer to be able to break-in to the system. Even with this global crisis, Huawei managed to grow by 23% in the first half of 2019. Another information was about the price. The device is expected to be priced around 2,000 yuan ($288). The company hasn't refer any name for this device so far.
Huawei was working on a new operating system after Trump administration enforced a ban on Huawei and Google announced to ceased its support of Android for the company's smartphones. And now, Huawei has officially announced HarmonyOS, the OS that is supposed to replace its reliance on Android. In China, the software is referred to as Hongmeng. The company says that the OS is based on a microkernel distributed OS, and can be used in everything from smartphones to in-vehicle systems. This will create a shared ecosystem across devices. The OS will be released as an open-source platform to encourage developers to work on it.
Since the US ban on Huawei back in May, the Chinese Govt. has shown its full support to the company and company announced that it is going to work on its own OS, but so far, we aren't sure about its reliability and global acceptance. Huawei plans to launch the new OS on a smartphone first before expanding it to other devices like wearables over the next three years. The first devices that will be getting HarmonyOS are expected to be unveiled on Saturday. The focus of this os is the Chinese market at first before Huawei expands it to other markets.
n a statement, the CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, Richard Yu, says that HarmonyOS is "completely different from Android and iOS" because of its ability to scale across different kinds of devices. "You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices," the CEO says. Although the OS has the ability to power more devices, in a follow-up press release, Huawei said that for the time being, they are going to use it only on the upcoming smartphones. It will continue using Android on its existing phones. Whether it can continue to do so is another matter. In a press conference following the launch, Yu said that the situation was "unclear" as to whether Huawei can still use Android, and that the company is "waiting on an update" to find out.
Huawei has started rolling out a new EMUI update for its new flagship P30 and P30 Pro smartphones, which adds a night mode feature for the 32MP selfie camera. The update is currently being rolled out only to the Chinese variants of the two smartphones. According to GizmoChina, the feature is referred to as "super night mode" which enables users to capture high-quality images even in low-light conditions. So far, there are no official photos that describe the quality of the camera. So we need to see how long we have to wait just to wait how effective the new feature is.
We don't know how this super night works or how it is different than the usual night mode photography. It is not similar to the night mode feature which is already available for the rear side cameras on both handsets. The existing night mode in the devices has long-exposure which combines several images into one image to create a brighter image with lower noise. The update is called version 18.104.22.168, and it also has packed August security patch and a few other changes. These include optimizations for the in-display fingerprint sensor, activation of VoLTE calling for China Telecom subscribers, and a new video editing feature for the default Gallery app.
Since the update is for the Chinese market only, it may take some time for the super night mode to reach to other users in other regions. Huawei has confirmed that a beta for the P30 will be coming on September 8, and along with the P30, Huawei shared a list of devices slated to receive the EMUI 10 update as well.
Huawei released its much-anticipated smartphone - Huawei Y9s - A new entry-level smartphone just before the start of the year 2020. In some areas, it has already broken the pre-order records. To compete with rivals and current consumer's diversity, the Huawei Y9s has released with premium features including a pop-up camera and a 6.9-inch full view display, giving the user a truly immersive viewing experience. The device is crafted with a high sense of design and stylish look. It has unique textures at the surface to give a truly unique look to the handset.
The main selling feature for the device is an ultra-wide-angle camera lens, an AI triple camera system with a 48MP primary camera with outstanding photographic capabilities. Users can take high-quality pictures with sharp details and colors even in low-light situations. Night photography is a rare feature when it comes to the budget-category smartphone.
Huawei has targeted young consumers with this phone. The new device offers a long battery life even with heavy usage while using the camera and other apps all day long. It has improved camera features through hardware and software integration, giving users a reason to upgrade their phones.
The HUAWEI Y9s is equipped with an AI Triple Camera setup, which comprises an ultra-clear 48MP Main Camera, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera, and a 2MP Depth Camera. The 48MP Main Camera features a 6 Plastic (6P) lens with a large aperture of f/1.8, which effectively increases the quality and clarity of images. You don't have to use professional photo editing tools for slight to medium touches.
Additionally, the 8MP ultra wide-angle camera offers a 120-angle field of view for photo and video shooting, almost doubling the view angle of 78-degree that a routine lens can offer. With a wider field of view, you can capture more scenery. The HUAWEI Y9s comes with a 16MP front camera paired with remarkable AI algorithms to enrich portraits with flare effects, AI Backlit Imaging and new AI Beauty for the ideal selfie.
The Huawei P40 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the tech industry. The company is facing some real problems in the manufacturing area after the Trump administration banned the company. Because of the ongoing Huawei ban, the company can't use any Google apps including the Play Store. This instantly makes it undesirable for the majority of the people using Google and its apps on the daily basis. When the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, it had everything to be a rock star of the industry but because it lacked the apps, not many people outside China wanted it.
Despite an unseen future of Huawei and other Chinese smartphone manufacturers, tech enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the upcoming Huawei phones. As per rumors the Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and P40 lite, there could be another P40 Pro Premium Edition too with thee perhaps. While Samsung and Apple are releasing their phones this year, and many more coming later in 2020, the phone needs a serious implementation of hardware and software specs to be considered by consumers.
Huawei has officially confirmed the release date of the phone - that is the end of March. This may not come as a surprise of many as the P30 and P30 Pro were unveiled in March 2019, the P20 and P20 Pro were launched back in March 2018. Huawei isn't launching the phone at MWC 2020 event, maybe the company is looking for dedicated limelight for the phone. The Huawei P40 price is a more interesting conversation. At launch, the Huawei P30 cost £699 / AU$1,099 (roughly $910), and the P30 Pro started at £899 (AU$1,599, around $1,140), which were both pricier than the previous year's entries. Interestingly, despite of the ban, the company still aims to launch the phone worldwide.
Recently leaked news refers to the predecessor of P30 Pro as the P40 Pro. Huawei has announced that the phone will be officially unveiled on March 26, 2020, in Paris. Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed the name of the Huawei P40 series and called it the world's most powerful 5G smartphone. The Chinese brand also displayed its first foldable smartphone the Huawei Mate XS at the MWC that was conducted virtually due to the coronavirus problem in the region. The company also showed off the 5G variant of the MatePad Pro, as well as new laptops and smart home devices, and a few updates to its Huawei Mobile services ecosystem and the App Gallery.
While there isn't much news about the phone, the only confirmed news we have is that the P40 series will support 5G. The smartphone will be powered by the Kirin 990 5G processing chip we saw for the first time being used in Mate 30 Pro. The next biggest news is that unless something unpredictable happens between today and March 26, the Huawei P40 won't have the Google apps or the Play Store due to the Trump administration ban.
Richard Yu is hasn't made any big claims at the event, but it will be interesting to see how the company is going to manage the competition with its most powerful 5G smartphone series - and yet no Google apps. That we need to find out in a couple of months. According to the leaks, there will be three new flagships in the P40 series - the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Pro premium edition. The only major difference between these phones is the camera specs. The Huawei P40 is expected to come with triple rear cameras while the P40 Pro and P40 pro premium are said to have the quad and Penta camera lenses, respectively.
Yesterday US President Donald Trump made an announcement that comes as a great surprise to Huawei users. At the ongoing G20 summit Trump said that "U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei." This is a major relief to Huawei, which was suffering from the political tension between the USA and China. He further added, "We are talking about equipment where there's no great national security problem with it. I said that's O.K., that we will keep selling that product, these are American companies that make these products. That's very complex, by the way. I've agreed to allow them to continue to sell that product so that American companies will continue."
Somehow the President of the USA and China agreed to continue the trade between the two countries. As negotiations are expected to resume on this matter, Trump says he will allow Huawei to do business with US-based companies. The relief isn't going to remove the ban on the Huawei immediately but hopefully, both parties will conduct conversations on how to remove the company's presence on the entity list soon. Mr. Trump didn't get into any particular details regarding the scope of relief, so we have to wait for the further announcement.
Nonetheless, this news comes as a major relief for the company and its stakeholders. After Trump banned the company from buying and using any services or products from US-based companies including Google, Qualcomm, and many other suspended business with Huawei. It was granted a temporary general license for a few months to prepare for the permanent ban. Because of this ban, the future of the Chinese company was in the dark. The company's sale dropped as much as 40 percent as a result of the ban. With this relief, we can expect Huawei to resume the usual operation.
Last year, the Trump administration decided to put Huawei and its subsidiaries on the U.S Commerce department's entity list to prevent any security risk. This prevented Huawei to have any kind of trade including the licensing from Google for its new devices. For the first few months, Huawei rebranded its existing pre-certified devices to release in the international smartphone market. Even before the ban, Huawei was working on AppGallery which is the alternate app of Google Play store and Huawei mobile services are alternative to Google Play services.
The company is about to launch its next flagship series - Huawei P40 and customers still need to be convinced that they can survive without Google apps. One of the highlighted app as an alternate of Google app is the native Huawei search app, which is in the beta phase right now. Redditor /u/being null informed us that Huawei is recruiting users in the UAE to test the new Huawei Search application.
Google not only gives you access to the search engine but also has Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google podcasts, and many more. Currently, Huawei search is a basic search engine but we may see other features in the future as well. Huawei search allows you to input a basic query to search the internet for web pages, news, blogs, articles, or videos. There is also a weather widget that displays current 24-hour weather forecast data from the China meteorological administration.
In settings, you can have a peek into the search history or can turn it off, give feedback, change the search region or language, toggle safe search or change the app's search scope. The search service is provided by Aspigel limited. There is no information on which search engine Huawei is currently using as the search results from Huawei didn't match results from Google or Yahoo. This service may seem in its early phases but hopefully, it will evolve into something better and who knows might compete with Google in the near future.
The Huawei P40 Pro just got better than the last year's P30 to the point where it is nothing but perfect. It takes the P series features to the next level in a big way. With a massive camera sensor, 90Hz display refresh rate, and updated internals, there is a lot to talk about the P40 Pro. The only cons here is the lack of Google services impacts it in such a negative way. Last year, the Huawei P30 Pro was one of the best camera phones that had ever seen. Its innovative zoom camera and impressive image quality are nothing but excellent.
Despite having everything perfect on the specs sheet the phone is having a problem among the masses due to its lack of Google apps. The hardware is more than perfect but is it enough to make up for its software deficiencies? The phone has a curved top and bottom edges that make swipe gestures so smooth. The aluminum sides help users to hold it in their hands effortlessly. The volume and home buttons are set on the right edge. The device is IP68-rated and will survive some water exposure.
The phone comes with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chipset. It's a decent system-on-a-chip with similar CPU power to the Snapdragon 855. The device seems reasonably fast thanks to the Kirin 990 5G and 8GB RAM. But it's not a gaming device due to less capable GPU. The phone comes with a 4,200mAh battery, 256GB storage, and 40W supercharging. You can charge Huawei P40 Pro from zero to 100% in just 74 minutes. This might not sound impressive, but it gets to 97% in just 60 minutes. The face unlock feature is pretty fast and uses infrared technology to help detect the user's face even in the dark.
This is not new to anyone in the industry, but the Trump Administration has intentionally tried to hurt Chinese manufacturers and their business by placing these and its subsidiaries on the country's Entity list. That means that Chinese manufacturers like Huawei can't import products from US-based companies. This restriction was also imposed on software-based products as well. The immediate side effects of this trade ban are that many new Huawei and Honor smartphones can't use the Google Mobile Services, which includes the Google Play Store and Google Play Services.
This trade ban starts to imply on the smartphones being launched in late 2019 and early 202 flagship devices. Which includes the Huawei Mate 30 series and the Huawei P40 series. However, Huawei has found some unique way around this trade ban, which involves tweaking an existing already-certified model and then re-releasing it to the market. That's what the company seems to be working on right now with the upcoming Huawei P30 Pro New Edition. The smartphone in question was promoted on Huawei's consumer page in Germany. It previously launched a P30 Lite new Edition with Google Mobile Services.
This removes the limitation on Huawei - that can't get GMS certification for new phone models and can use the certification for only the existing model. Huawei can re-release and rebrand their existing phones as many times as they like. This is a quite flexible probation for them, too. They can add a few upgrades such as RAM, storage, and different variants of the camera module without trying to ship a new SoC. They can even change the final design of the finished product to make it look brand new. Based on the existing SoC, the phone will have a HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC since that will allow the company to retain the original P30 Pro's GMS certification. And we may have to see some new upgrades in terms of more storage, RAM, and design options.
Huawei usually announces two premium smartphone series every year: The P series and the Mate series. The P series has already arrived in the market in the early months, while the Mate series is still on the hold and we can expect it somewhere in the second half of the year. With the Huawei P series already being announced, all tech enthusiasts are waiting for the Mate series. Especially, with the Trump administration's actions against Huawei, things are quite interesting with the Chinese smartphone users, as nothing to seem to stop the company from rising against the odds.
The Huawei Mate 10 was the first phone in the series and was introduced almost 3 years ago in 2017. The Mate 20 was launched in the next year in October 2018 , and the Mate 30 series was introduced in September 2019. This gives us a hint that the Mate 40 series might launch somewhere in October, as rumors suggest. While we don't have any official announcement or date yet, we can assume easily that the phone will be launched in near future.
The Huawei Mate 30 was initially priced around €799, while the Pro model started at €1099. The Mate 30 Pro with 5G was sold at €1199. We are expecting something similar pricing model for this year's Huawei Mate 40 series smartphones. The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will have prominent camera housing at the rear side with possibly a triple camera for the vanilla model and a quad camera for Mate 40 Pro smartphone. As per rumors, the Huawei Mate 40 will have a 6.4-inch or 6.67-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate.
Mate 40 will be using the Kirin 9000. With the US trade ban in place, companies can't manufacture any new chip and as per resources, this is the last phone from the company that will use already-stockpiled chips. The Mate 40 offers 6/8GB of RAM and Mate 40 Pro comes with the higher 12GB option. In terms of battery, we expect to see at least 4,000mAh or 5,000mAh battery. To answer your curiosity, as we all know, there won't be any Google Apps or services. Which means you can't use apps like Whatsapp or banking apps.
Huawei officially confirmed the release of another smartphone that will be hitting the market alongside another smartphone - the Huawei Mate 40. The mate 40 series is the next smartphone series of the earlier Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 pro E. The phone was first known with a code-named LIO-ANoom as per the ministry of internet industry and information technology informatics. According to the report, the specs are almost the same as the previous one.
Huawei Mate 40 series will be launched on October 22, as per official announcement. Both the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro are expected to be announced during the event. The devices are powered by Kirin 9000 SoC processor, which is the last processor due to the US sanctions carrying TSMC chips. Both are rumored to have 50MP rear cameras, in addition to an 80MP ultra-wide camera for Mate 40 pro. The design will be similar to Mate 30 series from the past, with a massive circular camera bump on the back housing.
As per the reports, the phone features a curved display screen with bangs. The phone comes with a pre-built sky blue cover. The upcoming device will contain a circular camera housing with 32MP to 40MP camera sensor. The phone will feature a 6.53-inch OLED display with Kirin 990 processor with 5G network support. The device has a high refresh rate up to 60Hz. Huawei powered the phone with 40W fast charging that can charge 4,400mAh battery in less than half-hour. The design resembles the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, with a 5G version. We don't know the price yet, but the basic features of the phone hint an affordable price range for the phone.
As a final blow, the Trump administration revoked dozens of licenses from Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel. The action taken by Donal Trump is his last effort to weaken the world's largest telecommunication company, which they termed as a matter of national security. According to Reuters, the Semiconductor Industry Association said on Friday that the Commerce Department had issued "intents to deny a significant number of license requests for exports to Huawei and a revocation of at least one previously issued license." Some licenses were apparently under review status for many months and are now being denied just a few days before President Trump has to leave the office.
Earlier, almost 150 licenses were said to be in the review status for $120 billion worth of products and technology. Of these, a vast majority of licenses have been reported to be denied, while the eight other licenses were revoked to maintain consistency with the licensing rules. A source confirmed that another $280 billion worth of licenses for Huawei hasn't been processed yet. Huawei suppliers have already been notified of the license cancellation. They have 20 days to respond to the decision. The Department of Commerce has 45 days to issue any changes to the decision, or it becomes the final decision. Companies will have another 45 days to appeal against the final decision.
Meanwhile, Huawei has restarted its efforts to rejuvenate the supply. According to a recent Nikkei Asia report, the company is trying to find more investors to bring in some cash and move forward against all the odds. In fact, the device manufacturer has already acquired stakes in 20 semiconductor suppliers to cover the gap. Huawei has been under fire from the Trump administration since May 2019 and today's action will put the company more in heap.
At one point, it looked like 2020 would be a bad year for Huawei everywhere outside of the company's home country of China. The tech firm has endured eighteen months of consistently terrible press in the United States of America and Europe, and although it has consistently and angrily denied that it uses its equipment to spy on western nations, the accusations have stung its performance when it comes to sales. After Donald Trump's administration took the unprecedented step of putting the company on the 'Entity List' - effectively a blacklist - there appeared to be no way for Huawei to stay active in western markets. Huawei might now have found a way to avoid that becoming the case.
The main difficulty faced by Huawei under the terms of the blacklisting - or so it appeared - is that it wouldn't have access to Google apps. The entire Google Play store would be off-limits to the manufacturer, which would leave users unable to install or use many of the apps that smartphone users now take for granted. This would include hugely popular communication tools like WhatsApp, and also the apps used by social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. Even accessing social media sites using a web browser would have been difficult, as the majority of web browsers also come in the form of apps that can only be downloaded through the relevant store.
Mobile gamers would also have been affected by the ban. Games like PUBG and Fortnite, as well as the Call of Duty franchise, have had their apps downloaded millions of times through Google Play. Playing games through new Huawei phones would have been almost impossible. Non-app based games, such as online slots or casino games, wouldn't have been affected in theory. Users would still have needed a web browser to gain access to online slots websites, though, and so even they may have remained off-limits. In practice, it would have been hard for users to play paypal slots, play any other games, or perform any activities beyond basic calling and texting. It would have been impossible to justify spending full price on a phone handset that didn't have these features - but now, all of these features may be back on the menu.
According to reports that have appeared in the press this week, Huawei is looking to exploit a loophole in the blacklist ruling. They may not be able to gain access to Google's Play Store, but they might instead be able to place apps in their own 'App Gallery' - and it's thought that Google might grant them permission to place Google apps inside App Gallery and allow users to gain access to them anyway. Google is understood to be keen to continue co-operating with Huawei, and so if the loophole exists, then they're unlikely to take any steps to prevent Huawei from making use of it. The most recently released Huawei smartphones have arrived without core Google apps like Maps or Gmail pre-installed, but affected users may soon be able to download the apps through App Gallery and continue as if the problem didn't exist.
Within Huawei, this is seen as a preferable alternative to attempting to proceed with their own operating system. Huawei can't currently make use of the latest versions of Android, and spent money in 2019 developing an alternative OS called 'Harmony.' The new OS is yet to appear on any Huawei-built smartphone, with the manufacturer instead deciding to continue using the most recent version of Android that it still has access to. This may yet cause issues in the future when Android eventually stop providing support for outdated versions of the software in favor of upgrading more recent builds and producing future variants. The 'open source' version of Android that they have access to is in itself contentious, and if US lawmakers have their way, they may yet lose access to it in the future.
If Google agrees, it wouldn't be the first time they've granted permission for their apps to be used in places where users wouldn't necessarily expect to see them. As Apple users are aware, almost all of Google's apps can currently be downloaded through Apple's app store even though Apple and Google are, metaphorically speaking, at war with each other in the smartphone market. It appears that Google's priority is to make their software available to as many users as possible as opposed to restricting access to only those devices that run approved versions of Android. If they agree to this request, then there would theoretically be little difference between a Huawei phone and, for example, a phone made by Samsung when it comes to app availability, and the impact of the ban would be almost totally nullified.
This isn't the only way that Huawei appears to be getting around at least some aspects of the ban. The terms of the blacklisting specifically prohibit firms from the United States of America from doing any business with Huawei whatsoever, and yet their P40 phone has been found to contain parts built by several different American manufacturers. The P40 was released long after the terms of the ban came into effect, and so it's not yet known whether any of the companies who have seemingly provided parts or technology to Huawei are in breach of prohibition. Theoretically, there should be no US-built components in any Huawei phones, but their presence suggests that the company has found a way to incorporate them anyway. One possible explanation is that the parts were initially sold overseas to a company that isn't covered by the ban. The overseas company would then be free to sell the parts on to Huawei without being encumbered by US law.
Although Huawei reported a loss of around ten billion US dollars last year in the wake of being blacklisted, it's clear that the company has no intention of giving up its presence in American or European markets. Given that it will be involved in the rollout of the 5G network in the United Kingdom, it may even gain more ground in the twelve months to come. Huawei was definitely knocked down by the ban, but they weren't knocked out, and in coming back, it's conceivable that they may ultimately become even stronger than they were before.
Huawei P8 GRA 4G smartphone that was announced back in April is now available worldwide via Gearbest. It is an unlocked smartphone that can be used with most telecom operators around the world.
Huawei P8 with HUAWEI Hisilicon 935 octa core 2.6GHz Android 5.0 operation system. 3GB RAM and 64GB R0M, support TF card up to 128GB which allows enough space for you to download freely. 5.2 inch screen allows the user to view videos and play games at a comfortable size as well as clearly due to this phone's 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution. With the high end dual cameras, front 8.0 MP, black 13.0 MP with flashlight auto focus,you can record the happy moment easily. It is absolutely a good choice to buy Huawei Ascend P8.
HUAWEI P8 GRA 4G Full Specification:
Type: 4G Smartphone
Service Provide: Unlocked
OS: Android 5.0
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese
SIM Card Slot: Dual SIM, Dual Standby
SIM Card Type: Nano SIM Card
CPU: Kirin 930
Cores: Octa Core, 2.0GHz
RAM: 3GB RAM
External memory: TF card up to 128GB (not included)
Wireless Connectivity: GPS, GSM, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, 4G
WiFi: 802.11b/g/n wireless internet
Network type: GSM+WCDMA+FDD-LTE
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1700/1800/2100/2600MHz
Screen type: IPS, Capacitive
Screen size: 5.2 inch
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
Pixels Per Inch (PPI): 434
Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back camera: with flash light, 13.0MP
Front camera: 8.0MP
Video recording: Yes
Picture format: GIF, BMP, PNG, JPEG
Music format: AAC, MP3, WAV
Video format: MP4, H.264, H.263, 1080P, 3GP, AVI
MS Office format: Word, Excel, PPT
E-book format: PDF, TXT
Live wallpaper support: Yes
Games: Android APK
I/O Interface: TF/Micro SD Card Slot, 3.5mm Audio Out Port, Micro USB Slot
Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Google Play Store: Yes
OTG : Yes
Additional Features: Browser, Proximity Sensing, Wi-Fi, NFC, MP3, FM, OTG, MP4, Video Call, Light Sensing, WAP, Bluetooth, MMS, GPS, 4G, 3G, People
Battery Capacity (mAh): 2600mAh
Battery Type: Lithium-ion Polymer Battery, Non-removable
Cell Phone: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1
Product size: 14.49 x 7.21 x 0.64 cm / 5.69 x 2.83 x 0.25 inches
Package size: 18.0 x 12.0 x 6.0 cm / 7.07 x 4.72 x 2.36 inches
Product weight: 0.144 kg
Package weight: 0.500 kg
As expected, Huawei has made it official that the Mate 8 will be released as the company's most advanced flagship smartphone. In accordance with what was teased before, this device is powered by the Chinese firm's latest Kirin 950 SoC with octa-core CPU and Mali T880MP4 GPU, and features a 6-inch FHD IPS display.
For those who are still in the dark, the Kirin 950 chipset comes with four high-power Cortex-A72 cores, clocked at up to 2.3 GHz and an additional four power-saving Cortex-A53 ones, clocking at 1.8 GHz.
There's also an i5 coprocessor that "supports speech recognition, low-power consumption MP3, all the functions of a sensor hub, fused location provider (FLP) navigation, and reduces location-based power consumption," as per the statement given by the company in a press release. The SoC is manufactured by following TSMC's 16 nm FinFET process. Made from aerospace-grade aluminum and 2.5D curved diamond cut glass, the Mate 8 also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. In terms of camera, the smartphone has Sony's latest IMX298 16MP sensor at the rear end and an 8MP snapper on the front.
There will be three versions of the Mate 8, based on RAM and storage. Here's the breakdown:
- 3GB RAM/32GB storage: 2999 CNY ~ $470
- 4GB RAM/64GB storage: 3699 CNY ~ $580
- 3GB RAM/128GB storage: 4399 CNY ~ $690
The press release reveals that the handset is currently available in China. The international availability details will be made public at CES in January next year.
Huawei will surely take part in MWC 2016, as this Chinese firm has already sent out the invitations for the event to be held on 21st February. However, we didn't know what exactly would be on display that day.
On 15th February, a rumor surfaced pointing at the probability of a hybrid laptop, supposedly the Huawei Matebook. Although the rumour emerged for the hybrid PC, the chance of a new Huawei P9 was also discussed extensively. Now, this speculation has been bolstered and an official announcement can be expected - thanks to the official-looking renders.
The images also show some of the most sought after info on the design element of the smartphone and establish proof of some of its previously speculated features - a dual camera in the back and a fingerprint scanner mounted in the back. Apart from this we can say that the Huawei P9 will sport a metal body and a 2.5 curved display on the front. There will be four color choices - gold, white, pink and gray.
The Huawei P9 will be backed by a Kirin 950 SoC, 4GB of RAM and feature a 5.2-inch screen. This is not fully confirmed, as there is also news of 6GB of RAM and four different variants of the phone coming with unique display and camera resolution.
In a Chinese court, Samsung has recently been fined for copyright infringement against Huawei's intellectual property. The major patent battle was initiated when the Chinese company sued Samsung by claiming that more than twenty of Samsung's smartphones have violated Huawei's patented graphical arrangement systems. If you are wondering what that means, it basically means that Huawei had exclusive rights to a certain pattern of icon arrangement systems and similar things, but Samsung allegedly used the same techniques in some of their own smartphones, thereby violating the patent. The fine or compensation stands at 80 million yuan/11.6 million USD, which Samsung will now have to pay Huawei as per the decision of the court.
In response to the decision, Samsung had this to say, "We will thoroughly review the court's decision and determine appropriate responses."
Huawei on the other hand was naturally pleased with the court's decision and mentioned that the company "notes the court's decision in this case."
A spokesperson for the Chinese smartphone manufacturer further added the following lines,
"Huawei believes that respecting and protecting the intellectual property of others enables all companies to make a return on our R&D investments."
"We maintain that respect for intellectual property promotes innovation and healthy, sustained growth in the industry."
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The upcoming Huawei P9 is one of the most anticipated Android phones and rumors indicate that Huawei might release it this very week at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Pan Jiutang is the popular Chinese analyst who fuelled our imaginations even further by stating that the P9 may sport 6GB of RAM. We have seen the likes of the Galaxy Note 5 and the ASUS Zenfone 2 in 2015 who came in the industry with 4GB of RAM first, and may be the P9 will be the first smartphone to sport 6GB RAM. If we are lucky, we will find out for sure in just a few days.
In October, 2015, we came to know about a label that was made for the Huawei P9 and it indicated the possibility of dual camera sensors on the back of the phone. Jiutang builds on that piece of info and concludes that the phone will actually sport two 13 megapixel back cameras. He further hints that a complex algorithm will support the dual lenses in capturing and rendering images of supreme quality.
Other speculations about the P9 revolves around a 1080p Full HD 5.2 inch display and Huawei's own extremely powerful HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor coupled with the next-gen Mali T880 MP4 GPU. If all of the speculations made by Pan Jiutang turn out to be true, then the Huawei P9 will certainly take its place among the world's most powerful smartphones.
In November, 2015 Huawei announced that it would launch its next model in the Mate series - the Mate 8. This Mate device boasts an all-metal body with a 6-inch screen (1080 x 1920 resolution), 64-bit Kirin 950 SoC developed by Huawei itself, 3 GB / 4 GB RAM backing, and 32 GB / 64 GB of internal storage space which can expanded via microSD card to stretch up to 128 GB. It features a 16 MP primary camera, mated with a Sony IMX298 sensor, phase detection auto-focus, and a robust tri-axis optical image stabilization, and an 8 MP selfie camera. Mate 8 is powered by a powerful 4,000 mAh battery, which seems marginally smaller than the 4,100 mAh battery present in the Ascend Mate 7.
At CES 2016, Huawei has just unveiled that the phone is getting launched today, January the 5th. Although the availability of the phone is in different locations is not yet known, sadly it won't be available in the US market. As per an earlier leak and an FCC visit, it is speculated that Huawei might be planning a launch in the States sometime in 2016.
Pricing of this device will depend on region and official figures are yet to be known, but going by previous leaks, the Huawei Mate 8 will begin at $470 (2,999 yuan) for the 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage variant, and reach $580 (3,699 yuan) for the 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage variant. Although there are rumours about a 4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage variant costing $690, till now the chinese device maker has not made any official announcement.
After being announced in China over a month ago, Huawei plans to go global with their new flagship as stated by the company itself at the CES during their press conference. There is bad news for Huawei fans in the US though, as the mate 8 won't be released in the States anytime soon. That being said, it could definitely get a launch after a few weeks but just not right away.
The Mate 8 is powered by its Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset, which is allegedly the most powerful mobile SoC in existence today. Huawei claims that the new 950 offers significant performance upgrades over its predecessor, the Kirin 925, while at the same time being 70% more power efficient. The HiSilicon chipset has the highest score ever recorded on AnTuTu, beating even the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Note 5 and the iPhone 6s. The real world usage and feel may however largely depend on how it incorporates its EMUI 4.0 over Android Marshmallow.
Other notable specs of the Huawei Mate 8 include a beautiful but unwieldy 6-inch Full HD IPS panel, a 16 megapixel CMOS Sony sensor (IMX298 BSI) with f/2.0 aperture, a 8 megapixel selfie cam with f/2.4 aperture, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage and a massive 4000 mAh battery with quick charging capabilities to power it all. Regarding the price, it will go on sale at €599 without taxes for the 32GB ROM/3GB RAM version and €699 without taxes for the 64GB ROM/4GB RAM edition.
We now have the official reports from market research firm TrendForce on our hands and it reveals the smartphone food chain around the world, based on the second quarter of 2016. The first thing that we noticed is that Samsung's plans for global domination continue to be a success with a market share of 24.5% internationally! Apple is in the second place of course with 15.1%, but the huge difference between the two giants does tell a story. Chinese OEM Huawei comes in at the third spot with 9.2% market share, leaving behind the likes of LG (5.4%) and Oppo (5.6%).
China is the world's biggest market for smartphones and it is being led by none other Huawei once again, with an amazing 20.8% of the total market share. Oppo (12.7%), Vivo (10.6%), Lenovo (10.3%) and Xiaomi (10%) followed respectively from there on. As you can see, the competition is really tight from the third spot onwards with virtually nothing separating the competitors from each other. In addition to Samsung's continuing domination over the global smartphone market, one should notice that the Chinese manufacturers are rapidly rising with each passing quarter, especially Huawei.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Despite Trump Administration Ban on Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Huawei, it is successfully making the waves in the industry with its breath-taking smartphones. The Huawei P30 Pro is no exception. It has an amazingly sleek design, an incredible quad-camera setup with 10x hybrid zoom and a huge battery that promises a day-long survival even with moderate use.
Apple\'s design is fairly familiar and under some criticism due to camera setup at the rear side. So which is better? Apple iPhone 11 Pro or P30 Pro. Apple didn\'t create any drastic changes in the design of the smartphone and yes the camera module is much wider. The whole back is a single sheet of glass instead of having a metal camera module sticking out of it.
The iPhone comes with distinctive colors but overall it has an immersive screen, with minimal builds and looks and feels premium which justifies its cost to some extent as well. The P30Pro has the more visual appearance but has a much larger bottom notch as compared to the iPhone. Apple went for a 6.5-inch display for 11 Pro max whereas the Huawei has a 6.47-inch display. The P30 Pro has an FHD+ OLED screen with 1080 resolution whereas the iPhone 11 Pro has a super retina XDR OLED screen with a bit higher resolution at 2436 x 1125.
The Huawei\'s P30 Pro has a 10x hybrid zoom camera and gives amazing results as compared to other smartphone cameras with digital zoom. It has 40MP wide-angle, 20MP ultra-wide, 8MP zoom, and time-of-flight sensors. Meanwhile, Apple made a trio of 12MP back cameras with enhancements to smart HDR processing and excellent night mode. the P30 Pro is fast in everyday usage but the iPhone 11 Pro has the extra raw power of A12\'s fusion chip.
The increase in the sale of smartphones has also increased the use and popularity of mobile apps. People are spending their time pursuing their favorite hobbies and passions, and many are even winning big.
The blacklist prepared by the Trump administration raised concerns over the future of Chinese smartphone companies like Huawei. But Trump seems to have retraced his steps in the G20 summit and provide a sigh of relief to Chinese manufacturers. Interestingly, Huawei is already looking forward to a bright future, with record sales that can even overtake Samsung in the coming years.
But why did Trump blacklist Huawei in the first place? And how does Huawei plan to take advantage of the backtrack?
Before we go into the details, let's first take a brief look at Trump's move.
The Blacklisting of Huawei
The US Commerce Department decided to add Huawei to an entity list in May 2019. The move disallowed the Chinese company to purchase components like microprocessors from American companies. The allegation against Huawei was that the company helped Beijing in espionage attempts and posed a security threat to the country. Huawei, on its part, has always denied the allegations.
Consequently, Huawei got a breather when President Donald Trump met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Japan in June. The presidents had a talk that obviously involved Huawei, and on June 29, Trump told reporters that US companies are allowed to sell components to Huawei. He also added that the move implies that there was no significant security threat from Huawei to the nation.
Huawei Welcomes the Move
Like mobile betting on a sports event, Huawei appears to have placed their "mobile bets" already, being quick to welcome the move and took to Twitter to express their happiness. The company described the move as a "U-turn" and revealed that they are again allowed to purchase American technology.
The move by Trump to lift the ban seems to have been fueled by deep concerns over losing US business. A lot of American companies supply components to the Chinese giant and the blacklisting could have resulted in losses of billions of dollars.
Huawei would also have scrapped American companies from its supply chain, something not very beneficial to the US economy. Trump said that he would allow American companies to sell products to Huawei even though it may surprise many people.
Huawei Looks Forward to a Bright Future
Huawei had already been posting an impressive profit and sales figures before the blacklist was announced. The company recorded a 40% year-to-year increase in revenue in the first quarter of 2019, amounting to US$27 billion. In the face of the blacklist, Huawei tuned down their forecast and announced cutting smartphone shipments by around 30%.
After the backtracking from Trump, Huawei now plans to sell more than 260 million units of smartphones in 2019, overtaking their earlier forecast of 250 million units. Huawei already holds 50% market share in China and sells its products in numerous countries. In fact, if things go according to the forecast, Huawei may overtake Samsung as the top global manufacturer by 2020.
Do you think Huawei will be able to beat Samsung as the number one smartphone company? Leave your opinions in the comments!
After HTC, Samsung, LG and Moto... Google is rumored to be in talks with a Chinese phone maker for the next generation Nexus smartphone. According to leaked sources, this company is Huawei.
Some mockups of a Huawei-made Nexus has been leaked. The mockups are based on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus with a Nexus branding. These photos are not the real deal, but give us a glimpse of how a Huawei-made Nexus device could look like.
We will get more info about the Huawei Nexus phone later this year.
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