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Huawei CEO, Wan Biao, believes that his company can overtake smartphone giants Samsung and Apple.
Speaking to The Telegraph at Mobile World Congress last month, the CEO said, “If you look back five years ago, Apple is small, Samsung is not so big. “You can’t see where we’ll be in five years. At least top three. Maybe number one.”
So what should we expect next from Huawei? Wan says, “Our philosophy is that, within any one price segment, Huawei’s the best one. And in the price segment of the iPhone, second half of this year, we have a new flagship, targeted at the higher end.”
Huawei intends to do this with their 4G phones, starting with the Ascend P2, which it claims is the fastest 4G-enabled handset in the world.
Wan says, “Ours is the only one, the fastest 4G smartphone in the world.
“Why can we have these kind of technologies? Because we come from the network side. When we develop our network side, we develop our chip set alongside it. No one else can do that; only Huawei can do that. Samsung can’t do that.
“And we have 10,000 research and development engineers developing radio technologies. Samsung has the technology of the display. Huawei has telecommunications.”
How does Huawei differentiate itself from other manufacturers? Wan says, “The priority is to keep innovating from our experience on the network side. We can make these smartphones with low power consumption and make the voice more clear and the video clearer, so that’s our differentiation.”
In terms of looks, he says, “The taste for smartphones is different around the world – the colours are different, the shape is different. But for the high-end models we want to have one example for the global market. For the middle tier and entry level it could be different for different regions. But for the high end it’s one. Beauty is universal.”
Currently, the Chinese firm is focused on making devices running Android, but it is also open to other platforms. Wan says, “For us all the focus is on Android, but we will also try Windows. Right now, the sales are good, but it’s pretty hard to predict Windows Phone. For one OS [operating system] – Android – the consumers have spent time and their money to like it. We developed Windows 8 because we do believe some consumers will like it.”
Wan concludes, “We think Huawei’s pretty famous with business customers and network operators.
“The challenges and the big opportunity is in the consumers. Right now, Samsung and Apple are the top two. But all the others are a good opportunity for us. We’re one year in to a transformation. We are on the way to being a top-three consumer brand. We defined strategy and we are on the right way.”
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According to Engadget, a Huawei exec has shown off the massive 6.1-inch Ascend Mate.
Richard Yu, Huawei’s chairman of devices, showed off the device at a shop in China, two weeks before the device’s official unveiling at CES in January.
The Ascend Mate sports a massive 6.1-inch touchscreen with 1080p resolution.
Not only will the device sport full HD, it will also sport a powerful processor. It sports a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, which beats the HTC One X Plus’ 1.7GHz quad-core processor. Despite its powerful hardware, the device is only 9.9mm thick, which is slightly thicker compared to the iPhone 5.
If you want to see more of the Huawei Ascend Mate, check out this video.
The device’s Chinese price was also revealed, which converts to around £300. Huawei is yet to confirm if the device will be making it to the UK or not. We’re hoping that it does make it in our shops.
Huawei looks to be offering a smartphone with the biggest screen we’ve seen. The competition is also cooking up handsets with large screens, but only 5-inch 1080p displays. The HTC Butterfly is one of them. Sony is also rumoured to be launching the XPERIA Z. LG and Samsung are also said to be planning to unveil flagships sporting massive full HD displays.
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It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be getting another rival aside from the LG Optimus Vu. The Huawei Ascend Mate has been leaked on Huawei’s Chinese website.
The upcoming ‘phablet’ was first spotted by MyDrivers.com, a Chinese site, which was then translated by UnwiredView.com. The Huawei Ascend Mate is said to sport a 6.1-inch 1080p (full HD) display. Other specs include a 1.8GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM under the hood.
With specs such as these, it would be even more powerful in terms of screen resolution and processing power compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This would also make the device the most powerful smartphone to date.
However, with a massive 6.1-inch display, we’re not sure if the device qualifies as a smartphone or a small tablet. Furthermore, if you thought the Galaxy Note 2 wasn’t ideal for human hands, wait until you get to use this beast.
It’s unknown whether Huawei’s phablet will include a stylus or not, just like the Galaxy Note and its successor the Galaxy Note 2. Although the use of styluses was condemned by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, it does wonders for the Note. It is highly responsive and makes writing and sketching easy.
If the Huawei Ascend Mate doesn’t offer similar features like the Galaxy Note 2, it is likely to rely on its monster specs and a cheaper price to attract buyers and divert their attention towards the Galaxy Note.
We are yet to hear from Huawei regarding the device’s price tag and when it plans to officially release the device. Furthermore, the company still hasn’t confirmed if the device exists or not.
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