Rumors are swirling that Huawei is going to be launching four different smartphones as part of the P9 family of devices. The tip comes from a source claiming to be familiar with the company’s plans. Along with the tip of four devices comes a bit of detail on the devices. One claim is that Huawei will launch a regular P9 and a budget friendly P9lite.
Perhaps spurred by its recent good fortune in the smartphone market, Huawei is being rumored to be interested in entering the PC space, particularly laptops. But it won't settle for any old school laptop, of course. Those rumors make mention of a hybrid laptop, a.k.a 2-in-1 tablets, as well as of dual booting Windows 10 and Android. The idea is definitely nothing new and we've heard the story, even the promise, a long, long time ago. And chances are, just like those old stories, Huawei's tale might meet the same tragic end.
Xiaomi set up a very ambitious goal for itself in 2015. It would ship 80 million phones in that year, a big jump from 2014's 61 million. That, however, might have been too high a jump even for the wildly popular Chinese manufacturer. It only reported "over 70 million" devices shipped, which is still good considering the global smartphone market. That said, it does raise questions on whether Xiaomi's rising star has finally started to fall and whether it can still do its magic for the years to come and in other, more competitive markets.
Huawei was a bit sneaky at CES 2016 yesterday. It did unveil the Mate 8 phablet for international markets but disappointingly left out the US. Now it's announcing something for the US but it isn't that high-end flagship. As earlier leaks hinted, it is indeed the Honor 5X that will be the forerunner of Huawei's Honor brand in the US. All is not lost, however, as the Honor 5X does sound, and especially look, like a formidable mid-range but classy contender in the very competitive US smartphone market.
This week we're having a peek at the global version of the Huawei Mate 8. This device takes all the good bits from the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and puts them into a case that's large - or larger, rather. This device works with an octa-core Kirin 950 processor with four Cortex-A72 and four Cortex-A53 CPU cores and a 6-inch, 1080p display. And it has a very, very good fingerprint scanner on its back. Too bad it's not coming to the USA - yet.
Huawei has introduced its’ new MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet as part of its’ CES 2016 lineup. This is the maker’s latest tablet, and it is promised to bring with it a “fantastic audio and visual experience” thanks in part to an aluminum alloy full-metal body and surround sound. Huawei plans to launch a couple different models in the U.S. soon, including a gold version with a bundled stylus.
The real big push from Huawei to expand their USA presence with hero smartphones continues with the Huawei GX8. This device has a 5.5-inch display (1080p) and Android inside, working with a 13-megapixel camera at its back and a 5-megapixel camera up front. There's also a fingerprint scanner around back so you can use Android Pay in the USA. This is just about as simple as it gets with specifications that are ready to roll with the average citizen.
Huawei Watch has been expanded to a couple new models this week, one called the Jewel, the other called Elegant. If you're thinking about rolling with Swarovski crystals in your smartwatch this upcoming fashion season, you're in luck. Huawei suggests that these smartwatches are the first in the world designed specifically for women - though we're sure Motorola would not agree. Huawei's newest watches are the fanciest of female-aimed smartwatches, that much is certain.
Huawei might not be so insane after all. Initial rumors have hinted that Huawei will make a big announcement next month at CES 2016 where it will outline its plans for a US expansion. At the same time, it will launch the mid-range Honor 5X, the first from its Honor brand to go to the US. Now others sources are saying that Huawei will have another smartphone to woo US consumers next year, the high end Mate 8, the metal-clad flagship the company just unveiled last month.
It seems that Huawei is finally ready to strike it big and make its formal entry into the US market. At lesat that's what the hints and rumors are saying about the company upcoming big announcement at CES 2016 in just a few weeks. Honor president George Zhao hinted as much, saying that it has something big to reveal about its US plans at the week-long event. What those plans will be are, of course, still a mystery, though there are some whispers that it will start with a certain Honor 5X.
In just a few weeks, 2015 will be over. Naturally, it will be time to take a look back at everything that has happened this year, including the arrival of new processors that power our favorite mobile devices, some of which have proven themselves more capable than others. When it comes to benchmarking that kind of performance, one of the most popular names is AnTuTu, who has just released the top performing CPUs for this year. It might be surprising for some but not for others to find Apple's chips at the very top.