Last week, Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE were accused of potentially spying for the Chinese government, with the US House Intelligence Committee recommending that both companies be avoided, and that acquisitions and mergers be blocked in the US. A couple days later, Canada reconsidered using Huawei as part of its upcoming government communications network due to the concerns expressed by US lawmakers. Now, according to a Reuter's source, a White House review found no evidence that Huawei is spying.
Welcome back to Monday everyone - we've got a heaping helping of news to recap, so let's dive right in. Today we found out that Apple's manufacturing partnership with Samsung may not last much longer, and that the Google Nexus 7 might just be the best-selling Android tablet ever (which, given its immense popularity, doesn't surprise us in the least). One Walmart store has its shelves fully stocked with copies of Windows 8, and this afternoon, we have reason to believe that a new, slimmer iMac may be in the pipeline.
With the Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL, the team brings us what at first appears to be a powerhouse of a smartphone with a giant battery to boot. As it turns out, the processor doesn't take down its competitors in Samsung, Qualcomm, or NVIDIA, but certainly does nice enough to keep up with them in many ways. You're certainly able to play high-powered games, videos play smoothly even at their highest of definitions, and the whole smartphone is easily Huawei's most powerful to date. The lack of uniqueness in the build of the device, on the other hand, should remind you of Huawei's competitors' devices from this past year - it's put us on guard right out of the box, but ends up proving to be far less important than the end product, which is great.
This week we're having a peek at not one, but two Huawei Android devices with quad-core processors that are set to blast away the competition - or so it would seem. This is the Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD quad-core tablet with a 10.1-inch display that's high definition to the max - 1920 x 1200 pixels with a 16:10 aspect ratio on a chassis that just 8.8mm thin. The device is ever so slightly heavy at 580g, but the innards here make up for whatever's lost in heft.
Just incase you didn't know that the Windows Phone 8X was coming to T-Mobile, an alledged roadmap of the carrier's upcoming releases has made it clear. This roadmap from TmoNews also lists the LG Optimus L9 Android device, a Samsung Toba (possibly a tablet we've not heard of before), and a Dell BMW - this very likely being a laptop ready for action with Windows 8, starting up T-Mobile's laptop efforts again like AT&T is doing with their set of notebook releases. This list goes on as well, showing off a color refresh for the Galaxy S II and a BlackBerry Armstrong device.
Welcome to Thursday evening, folks - just one more work day and the glorious weekend is here once again. This afternoon we heard that both the iPad Mini and the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro - neither of which officially exist yet, remember - have been delayed due to problems with component yields, but not long after, analysts were saying that the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is still on track to launch this year. Apple has managed to delay the ban of the iPhone and iPad in South Korea, and we learned that the company's new dock connector is nearly impossible to mod in a new teardown.
This week we're getting our hands on the Huawei Ascend D quad XL, a quad-core smartphone made to bring the brand up to speed with the rest of the hardcore top-tier smart device universe in more ways than one. This device will be spreading across the market in China rather soon with its 4.5-inch IPS+ LCD touchscreen with a massive 720 x 1280 pixel resolution - that's 326ppi, for those of you keeping track. In this initial look we'll do a basic flipping back and forth on the displays and a show of the hardware as it stands here right before the big drop. UPDATE: we now have our Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL full review up and prepared for your perusal!
Welcome to Wednesday evening, everyone. Today Samsung sent out formal invites to its upcoming Galaxy Note II press event in New York City, and we were told that HTC will be backing out of the US tablet market, at least for a little while. RIM is trying to lure developers into BlackBerry 10 with a new "$10K Developer Committment," in which RIM says it will give developers $10,000 if their app reaches $1,000 in sales. RIM also opened up app submissions for BlackBerry 10 developers today, and we heard that the rumored LG Nexus 4 smartphone may be making its debut on October 29.
Earlier this week, both Huawei and ZTE were accused of espionage practices on behalf of the Chinese government, and the US House Intelligence Committee recommended that companies in the US should refrain from using either Huawei or ZTE hardware. Of course, both companies denied the claims, but Huawei is now getting a lot of grief from Canada.