Video: Huawei Mate 9 Unboxing and Tour

Made official last week, the Mate 9 from Huawei is said to be bound for the US market. While we still don’t have specifics for that launch, the device is currently on its way to be available for customers in Europe and China, priced at €699. That price puts it up against the best smartphones currently available, but thanks to the inclusion of top-tier specifications, as well as a very premium build, Huawei thinks they can compete just fine.  (more…)

Huawei Mate 9 Unveiled, 5.9″ Display and 4,000mAh Battery, Will Hit US Market

The Mate 9 from Huawei was made official this morning in Germany, bringing an end to the numerous leaks and rumors swirling around. The device, which should see a US launch at some point the future, is very large. Featuring a 5.9″ FHD display and Android 7.0 “Nougat,” this could be a solid option for phone-less Galaxy Note 7 owners who got burnt by the recall.  (more…)

Honor 8 Review

The Honor 8 is another device we wouldn’t typically review, but seeing as how options may seem limited given the circumstance surrounding the Galaxy Note 7, we wanted to spend time checking it out. Additionally, this tier of “mid-range” devices have become quite the little competitors, complete with what we would label as top-tier specs and features for a relatively inexpensive price.

While the 5.2″ FHD display and octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM certainly get the job done in terms of overall performance, the Honor 8 does have its shortcomings. It took me a solid week to really master all of the device’s software tweaks on EMUI, which is a skin I might rank as one of the lowest in terms of ease-of-use and appeal. However, a few of the features might make up for EMUI’s look, so I can’t sit here and stress over it too much.  (more…)

DEAL: Honor 8 is Just $349 Today, Includes Free $100+ Headphones Too

The Honor 8, Huawei’s latest flagship-esque unlocked phone for the US that is as tasty looking as they come, is on sale today at a variety of retailers with a $50 discount, dropping the price to just $349. Also, almost all of them are offering extra goodies (like headphones) with values well over $100.

Deal LinksB&H Photo | Newegg | Amazon (more…)

Report: HTC was 2nd Choice for Google’s Pixel Phones After Huawei Backed Out

According to a source of Android Police, HTC was never supposed to be the manufacturer partner behind this year’s Google phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. Instead, Google first chose Huawei, but as Google moved toward a partner brand-less phone line-up, plus there being a potentially lingering sour taste from a breakdown of promises or expectations with 2015’s Nexus 6P, HTC is who we got.  (more…)

Huawei Mate 9 Details, Renders Leak Ahead of Probable November 3 Announcement

Details on the Huawei-made Mate 9 smartphone are hitting the web, a whole month before the device’s probable November 3 unveiling. This morning, Huawei has been sending out “save-the-dates” for a press event to be held in Munich, but while this has been taking place, specs and renders of the device have been posted onto Weibo. The internet sure does know how to spoil the fun.  (more…)

Report: Huawei to Ditch Android Wear in Favor of Samsung’s Tizen for Next Smartwatch

In a previous report, it was detailed that Huawei was not intending to launch an Android Wear smartwatch anytime too soon, which likely would have been a Huawei Watch followup. Adding insult to injury for Android fans, the most recent intel out of South Korea claims that the company may be ditching Android Wear for Samsung’s Tizen OS, at least for the time being.  (more…)