Huawei Ascend Mate2 Features 6.1″ 720p Display and 4G LTE, Only Costs $299

Huawei is going in hard to the American smartphone market. Today, the company announced availability of the Ascend Mate2, a device for the phablet-loving, budget-minded folks among us. The device will be directly available to anyone who would like to purchase a unit, unlocked with access to 4G LTE connectivity, for the price of $299.

For specs, the Ascend Mate2 features a 6.1″ 720p display, Qualcomm-made quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, Bluetooth 4.0, 13MP rear-facing shooter, 5MP front-facing camera with “Groufie” feature, 4,050mAh battery, and comes out of the box running Android 4.3 (upgradable down the road to Android 4.4+).

Huawei was kind enough to give us a unit to play with, and the first thing you will notice is the overall size. It feels very large, even making the Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z2 feel somewhat manageable with one hand. Unless you are Shaq, this will be a two-hand device for most humans.  (more…)

Huawei Intros the Ascend P7 – Great Specs, but no US Launch Plans

A new device has been unveiled by Huawei, the Ascend P7. This phone is set to be one of Huawei’s international flagship models, and unlike other devices from this maker, it features a size and specifications which perk our ears.

The Ascend P7 features a 5″ 1080p display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, microSD slot, 8MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 2,500 mAh battery, and comes running Android 4.4.2. Summed up, it is a sweetly-spec’d, sexy little device.  (more…)

Huawei Smartwatch Reportedly Pictured, Looks Unquestionably Dated

When analysts claimed 2014 would be the year of wearable technology, they weren’t kidding. The evident consumer demand for smartwatches and fitness bands has attracted an increasing number of companies hoping to cash in on the craze. Many, like Pebble and arguably Samsung (Galaxy Gear), have managed to craft stylish, functional, and desirable products. If the picture above is any indication, though, others haven’t been quite so successful.  (more…)

CyanogenMod Teases “New” Hardware Partner, Not Quite Ready to Reveal Though

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This afternoon, CyanogenMod took to its official Google+ page to tease a new piece of info to anxious fans, claiming that they do in fact have a new hardware partner. Previous speculation has pointed to OPPO unveiling another CM-powered device, but other guesses are leaning towards OEMs such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony, and even HTC. Given the post clearly states “new” partner, it is anyone’s best guess at this point.  (more…)

NVIDIA to Target Mid-Range “Other Half” of Smartphones Moving Forward

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Last week, the vice president of investor relations for NVIDIA, Rob Csongor, spoke of the company’s mobile strategies moving forward through 2013 and beyond. Currently, Samsung and Apple make up exactly 50% of this year’s first quarter mobile sales, so according to Csongor, NVIDIA will look to partner with the “other half” of the market such as HTC, ZTE, Huawei and other lower-placed companies to push its line of mobile processor.  (more…)