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…)
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…)
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…)
The Wall Street Journal reported last night that Google is unsure of what to do with the product side of their Motorola acquisition. As has been mentioned by numerous tech pundits, the overall feeling was that this purchase was made simply for patents, since Moto has a ton of them. With a growing need for IP protection after battles with the likes Apple, Microsoft and Oracle, most believe that the hardware side of things in this move had almost nothing to do with it.
In the WSJ report, there was mention of Google potentially shopping Motorola’s handset business to competitors, namely Huawei. This is not the first time that anyone has brought up the possibility that Google would want to sell off some of what Motorola has. In fact, within the last few weeks, rumors suggested that their set top box business may be up for sale, so that they could focus solely on smartphones. But what if they decided to offload it all? Was this move really only about patents?
Motorola hasn’t exactly been killing the smartphone landscape as of late, so maybe this move makes sense for Google. At the same time though, how disappointed would many of us be to see one of the major Android players disappear? While we can’t stand some of Moto’s policies around “security,” most of us agree that there aren’t many who can make a handset with their quality.
What do you think? Were you hoping that Google would make them the darling of the Android world again? Or have you moved onto other pastures?
The Motorola RAZR had a good run, but it is no longer the slimmest phone in the world. That title now belongs to the phone Huawei just announced at CES 2012, the Ascend P1 S. This 4.3″ 960 x 540 touchscreen has Corning Gorilla Glass (the original Gorilla Glass, not the 2 that we expect Corning to show this week) protecting its sleek body that houses a 1.5GHz dual-core processor inside. And it’s only 5.68mm thick, the RAZR being 7.1mm.
The press picture is not lying either, the phone will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. An 8MP camera on the rear and a 1.3MP shooter on the front are your camera options and the back has a dual-LED flash to light up those darker pictures for you. It will be available in black, white and pink for you fashion conscious people out there. No mention of LTE radios yet though, that will remain to be seen. Keep an eye out for our hands-on with this phone later this week. (more…)