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


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…)

Huawei P6-UO6 Possibly Pictured, Looks Extremely Thin at Just 6.18mm

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Recently, snapshots were taken of a mystery device and according to their source, it is of an upcoming Huawei device titled the P6-UO6. No fancy specs were listed, but what has some folks abuzz is the phone’s measurements, coming in at just 6.18mm thin. For reference, the iPhone 5 is listed at 7.6mm thick. So yeah, Huawei looks to be trying to snatch away Apple’s “world’s thinnest smartphone” title.  (more…)

Video: Hands-on With the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate and Ascend D2 [CES 2013]

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One of our press stops last night included PepCom, a convention staple that always features many of the latest tech gadgetry from your favorite tech companies. It’s usually outside of whatever convention is going on, but it always pulls in great talent. While a couple of companies weren’t showing off their freshly announced phones and were saving them for the show floor, Huawei was one that had everything on hand.

So since we didn’t have time to go full hands-on with their Ascend Mate and Ascend D2, we took a minute to do just that at Pepcom.  (more…)

Huawei Announces the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate and the 5-inch 1080p Ascend D2


Earlier this afternoon, Huawei took the stage for their CES 2013 press event and left after announcing the biggest phone-tablet hybrid device to date, the Ascend Mate, along with the Ascend D2, a device they are calling the “most powerful.” Both devices mark somewhat of a new start for Huawei, or rather, a move towards the main stream. We aren’t sure how consumers will accept this Chinese company, but with the work they have done with these two phones, people should at least give them a look.  (more…)

Live: Huawei Press Event [CES 2013]


Who is ready for the 6.1″ Huawei beast? The Huawei press event for CES starts at 1:00PM Pacific, and has everyone abuzz, though I don’t know how positive that noise may be. Is the 6.1″ Ascend Mate too big? Does it cross the line of phone-tablet hybrid territory? We’ll find out in a few moments.

You’ll find my solo live blog below, as Tim waits in line for this afternoon’s big Samsung event. I’ll do my best to keep up as I giggle at the insanity.  (more…)

Huawei’s 6.1″ Ascend Mate Officially Crosses the Line of Being “Un-Pocketable”

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We as consumers are beginning to feel more comfortable about larger devices. They may not fit the needs of everyone, but there is certainly a market for the super-sized smartphone. Currently, the Galaxy Note 2 is the pinnacle of overly sized phones, but Huawei is looking to take that crown with their unveiling of the Ascend Mate – measuring in with a 6.1″ 1080p display. Massive.  (more…)

House Intelligence Committee Warns Against Use of Huawei and ZTE Products, Could be Used by China to Spy on U.S.

A U.S. panel known as the House Intelligence Committee (HIC) released a report this morning, recommending that American businesses and the government avoid using products made by Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese tech companies. The report characterizes the two companies as a “national security threat” because of internal documents that were obtained from former Huawei employees that show it supplies services to the People’s Liberation Army. Representatives from the HIC said that they were disappointed by incomplete and contradictory responses during their investigation and that the committee is concerned over the amount of funding to these companies that comes in via the Chinese government.  (more…)