5G – What is it? What are the benefits? When will it launch?

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4G networks are being widely deployed around the world and although the technology continues to evolve, the focus now switches to 5G – the fifth generation of mobile networks. Dubbed 5G, the next generation network may still be several years away from being deployed but is the buzzword in telecommunications at the moment.

As part of a special tour of Huawei’s Chinese facilities, we learnt more about 5G and of Huawei’s role of making 5G a reality. Continue reading “5G — What is it? What are the benefits? When will it launch?”

Huawei targets innovation in wearables, commits to Android OS

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At the beginning of a crucial year for Huawei – as they face new challenges from Chinese rivals Xioami and Gionee – the company has outlined a vision for the future that includes innovative products, an array of wearables and a commitment to using the Android OS.

In a special briefing at Huawei’s Shenzhen campus in China, Chief Marketing Officer at Huawei, Shao Yang, told us the company is looking to innovate to become noticed in the market, is committed to the Android OS and sees a lot of growth opportunities in the wearables market. Continue reading “Huawei targets innovation in wearables, commits to Android OS”

Huawei plans consumer focus, is considering curved displays

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The modern smartphone is trending toward 4K displays and curved screens and Huawei has ruled out the former but is considering using curved displays on future Huawei smartphones. In a special briefing, Huawei President of Handsets Kevin Ho, confirmed that 4K displays have a negative trade-off with battery life but the wraparound Edge Screen on the Galaxy Note Edge was a feature they’re looking into. Continue reading “Huawei plans consumer focus, is considering curved displays”

Inside Huawei R&D Part 2: Device Reliability and Environment testing

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As part of our tour of Huawei’s China facilities, we were given an exclusive look at the company’s Research & Development labs. In the second of a two part-series, we look at the ways that Huawei tests the ability of its handsets to survive environment and climate changes as well as the key part; the reliability of its smartphones and their various ports and buttons.

In the first part of this series, we covered how Huawei tests its handsets for network performance and compliance with radiation emissions regulations and in this second part, we’re going to look at the tests that really affect mobile handsets – the reliability of the handset and its ports and the ability of the handset to handle different environments and climate changing. Continue reading “Inside Huawei R&D Part 2: Device Reliability and Environment testing”

Inside Huawei R&D Part 1: Antennae, Network and Radiation

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Huawei’s Shanghai Campus

As part of our tour of Huawei’s China facilities, we were given an exclusive look at the company’s Research & Development labs to understand the different steps taken to ensure a handset is fit for consumer use. In the first of a two-part series, we take a look at the ways that Huawei tests the Antenna, Network and Radiation levels of its handsets. Continue reading “Inside Huawei R&D Part 1: Antennae, Network and Radiation”

Huawei rules out 4k smartphone displays over battery life fears

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If you’re looking for the next-generation display in your next Huawei smartphone, you may be disappointed as the Chinese manufacturer as advanced displays come with a battery life compromise that the company isn’t willing to accept. FoneArena spoke to Kevin Ho, President of the Handset Product Line at Huawei, in a special briefing at Huawei’s Shanghai campus where he explained the trade-off the company is facing with adopting next-generation displays. Continue reading “Huawei rules out 4k smartphone displays over battery life fears”

Huawei to launch its flagship Ascend P8 smartphone in April

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We’re currently on a tour of Huawei’s facilities in China and several company executives have revealed that the company will be launching a follow up to the successful Ascend P7 later this year but the handset won’t be launching at the MWC 2015. Continue reading “Huawei to launch its flagship Ascend P8 smartphone in April”

Huawei to launch wearable devices at MWC 2015 [Updated]

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[Update: Jerry Huang, Director of Marketing Communications, confirmed that the company is looking at introducing an Android Wear smartwatch that will be different to anything else on the market. The company is looking to a fashionable design and is aiming to integrate the smartwatch into average lives as well as appealing to tech savvy customers as well. Huawei also confirmed that it will release an update to Talkband B1 and a new fitness tracker at the MWC along with the Android Wear watch.]

We’re currently in Shenzhen on a tour of Huawei’s Chinese factories and operations and the company has confirmed to us today that they plan to launch new wearable devices at MWC 2015. The company hasn’t confirmed exact details but according to a slide we’ve seen from the PR Director, the wearable plans potentially include a smartwatch running on the Android Wear operating system, a Huawei companion application and a platform to run their wearable devices. Continue reading “Huawei to launch wearable devices at MWC 2015 [Updated]”

Huawei will not develop Windows 10 smartphones

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We’re currently in a Question and Answer session at Huawei’s Shenzhen campus in China with the company’s Chief Marketing Officer for Mobile Device, Shao Yang and he has confirmed that the company has no plans to develop a phone running on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 platform.

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