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As expected, Huawei has launched the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus smartphones in China. The big highlights of the successors of the Huawei Nova and Huawei Nova Plus are its 20-megapixel selfie camera, the dual camera setup on the back, and the latest Android software. The only differences between the two smartphones are its storage capacity, battery, and screen size. The Huawei Nova 2 is priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 23,500), while the Huawei Nova 2 Plus is priced at CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs. 27,200). Both the smartphones will be made available from June 16.

The Huawei Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus sport a metal finish with a fingerprint scanner at the back. The smartphones will be available in Green, Rose Gold, Black, Gold, and Blue colour options. The speaker grilles and the USB Type-C port are at the bottom edge, while the power and volume keys are seen on the right edge of the device. The Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus seem to be inspired by Apple, with antenna bands placed in same way as seen on the iPhone 7. There’s no Home Button in the front, and no capacitive buttons are seen as well.

Both the smartphones run on Android 7.0 Nougat based on EMUI 5.1 OS. Specification wise, the Huawei Nova 2 smartphone has dual-SIM support, and sports a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) IPS in-cell display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by a 2.36GHz octa-core Kirin 659 processor and is paired with ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 64GB of internal storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).
The big highlight of the smartphone is its dual camera setup at the back and the 20-megapixel front camera. The dual camera setup consists of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture for a wider-angle, and another 8-megapixel telephoto lens for more zoom. There’s also OIS support, and a Portrait mode with the ability to change focus after taking a picture. The front camera sports a 20-megapixel sensor with intelligent fill light for low light photography and beauty filters to enhance selfies further. The Huawei Nova 2 packs a 2950mAh battery with fast charging support as well, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE, 3.5mm audio jack, and Bluetooth support.

Coming to the larger Huawei Nova 2 Plus, the smartphone sports a similar design and specifications except for a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and a larger 3340mAh battery. The inbuilt storage also sees a bump up to 128GB.

Apart from the smartphones, Huawei also launched accessories like a mobile bracelet at CNY 298 (roughly Rs. 2,800), a panoramic camera accessory at CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,500), and a Bluetooth headset at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 6,500).

 
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Ahead of MWC 2017, Huawei has quietly launched its new smartphone in Finland. The Honor 8 Lite is up for pre-orders, and is priced at EUR 269 (roughly Rs. 19,600). It is set to go on sale in the country on February 17.

Finland site Suomimobiili reported of this development in the country. The Honor 8 Lite, specifications wise, is very similar to the refreshed Huawei P8 Lite (2017) launched recently, albeit with minute differences. One of the big highlights of the Honor 8 Lite is that it runs on EMUI 5.0, based on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.

As for specifications, the Honor 8 Lite features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by the company’s in-house Kirin 655 octa-core CPU paired with 3GB RAM. Just to compare, the Honor 8 sports a Kirin 950 SoC with 4GB RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of internal storage with the option to further expand it via microSD card (up to 128GB).

As for optics, the Honor 8 Lite sports a 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and autofocus. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera as well with a 77-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery and comes in four colour options – Black, Blue, Gold, and White. However, the report claims that the company will make available only the Black and White variant right now and launch the Gold variant sometime in the end of the month. The Blue variant will be launched sometime in March. There’s no word yet on availability in international markets.

 

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After launching the Mate 9, Mate 9 Porsche Edition, and the Mate 9 Pro this month, Huawei obviously wasn’t done with the Mate 9 lineup as it has now announced the more affordable Mate 9 Lite. The Mate 9 Lite is now listed on the company’s website without pricing, but the name and the specifications suggest it will be the cheapest in the Mate 9 lineup. We do know that the smartphone will be available in Gold, Grey, and Silver colour options.

The Huawei Mate 9 Lite comes with typical mid-range specs. The device runs Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with a 2.5D curved glass on top. A Kirin 655 SoC with an octa-core CPU means the device won’t be too big on performance compared to its Mate 9 siblings.
In terms of optics, the Mate 9 Lite comes with a dual rear camera setup much like the other Mate 9s, but unlike the 20-megapixel and 12-megapixel Leica sensors found in the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro, the Mate 9 Lite comes with a lower 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras minus the Leica branding. The front sports an 8-megapixel sensor. The 12-megapixel sensor features a 0.3 second PDAF focus, while the secondary camera captures depth for bokeh shots.

According to the Huawei website, the Mate 9 Lite will be offered in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage and the other with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The device is fitted with a 3340mAh battery. Connectivity options include GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Huawei Mate 9 Lite measures 150.9×76.2×8.2mm and weighs 162 grams.

 

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In order to strengthen its customer service, Huawei has announced that it will roll out regular and timely software updates to all Huawei devices for 24 months – this includes its Honor brand.

After the device purchase, Huawei Device USA’s e-commerce customer acquisition manager Taylor Wimberly said that the updates would come in frequently for the first year, at least once every three months. The updates will then come with longer gaps in the second year, after which Huawei will stop supporting the device. He particularly said that all the security bugs and fixes rolled out by Google will be sent in a timely manner, in order to not compromise on security.

“From this year we are making a commitment to provide customers with access to new features (at least once every three months during the first 12 months) for up to 24 months following each product launch. We will keep providing access to security and software updates to fix bugs and enhance user experience in a timely manner. Beyond this period we will continue to provide updates in response to any threats to user safety and security. Our goal is to ensure customers have the best and safest possible experience on their Honor device,” Wimberly explained.

After the 24 months are over, Huawei will not give those devices access to any new features added to the Emotion UI, but will continue to send ‘updates in response to any threats to user safety and security’.
Huawei recently announced the G9 Plus in China for CNY 2,399 (roughly Rs. 24,200) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant. The dual-SIM Huawei G9 Plus runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display, is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front facing camera, and a 3340mAh battery.

 

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Huawei on Wednesday launched the its P9 flagship smartphone in India. While the company was anticipated to bring the larger P9 Plus variant to India as well, it hasn’t done so. The P9 has been priced at Rs. 39,999, and will be available exclusively via Flipkart at 3pm IST from Wednesday itself.

To recall, the he Huawei P9 had been unveiled alongside the Huawei P9 Plus back in April, and the two smartphones feature a dual rear camera setup that was ‘co-engineered with Leica’. The smartphones sport two 12-megapixel rear camera with with f/2.2 apertures – one camera captures colour images, while the other captures monochrome images. The smartphones come with 8-megapixel front-facing cameras.

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Huawei P9 features the company’s EMUI 4.1 skin on top, and sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display. It is powered by a Hi-Silicon Kirin 955 octa-core processor (2.5GHz quad-core Cortex-A72 + 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 cores) that’s coupled with 3GB of RAM.

The Huawei P9 variant launched in India bears 32GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). To recall, a 4GB of RAM/ 64GB of inbuilt storage variant was also unveiled at the global launch, but has not been brought to India.

Connectivity options on board the Huawei P9 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1, Infrared, and USB Type-C. The company has launched the smartphone in its Ceramic White, Prestige Gold, and Titanium Grey colour variants in India. The smartphone features a 3000mAh battery. The company is also touting a VIP service with 2-year warranty, 3-month screen replacement warranty, and a pickup and drop service.

As for those wondering what they’re missing out on with the Huawei P9 Plus, which for now hasn’t been brought to the country, there isn’t too much of a difference. It sports a larger 5.5-inch full-HD Super Amoled display (with Pressure Touch technology), comes in only a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, and bears a 3400mAh battery.

At the event, the company also announced the Stainless Steel edition of the Huawei Watch will go on sale in India via Flipkart at 3pm IST in India, at the same Rs. 22,999 price of the original.

 

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Huawei has expanded its portfolio by launching the Maimang 5 smartphone in China. The Huawei Maimang 5 is priced starting at CNY 2,399 (roughly Rs. 24,100), and will be sold on the company’s own store in China from July 21.

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The Huawei Maimang 4 was launched in China last year, and the company went on to call it the Huawei G8 when it was launched in other countries. Following that naming scheme, the Huawei Maimang 5 may be called the Huawei G9 when it launches globally. The smartphone has a fingerprint scanner at the back, and comes with a metal unibody with rounded corners. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 401ppi. The display is further protected by a 2.5D glass. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, and comes in two storage/ RAM bundles – 3GB of RAM/ 32GB of inbuilt storage, 4GB of RAM/ 64GB of inbuilt storage. The Huawei Maimang 5 supports expandable storage via microSD slot.

Optics include a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS, PDAF, and the ability to record 4K video with 30fps. There is an adjacent 8-megapixel selfie camera with a wide-angle lens and beauty filters. The Huawei Maimang 5 is packed with a 3340mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 22 hours of talk time and 800 hours of standby time. In China, Huawei will begin with selling the 4GB RAM variant only for now, in Champagne Gold and Rose Gold colour options. The 3GB Ram variant will soon be available in Champagne Gold, and Moonlight Silver colour variants.

The Huawei Maimang 5 offers dual-SIM dual standby support (hybrid dual-SIM slot), and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1 on top. Connectivity options include 4G LTE (with VoLTE for China Mobile), Wi-FI, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/A-GPS, USB OTG, and USB 2.0 Type-C port. The 3GB variant is priced at CNY 2,399 (roughly Rs. 24,100), and the 4GB variant is priced at CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 26,100). The company has not disclosed when its plans to sell the smartphone as the Huawei G9 in foreign markets.

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Huawei Terminal’s Honor brand has confirmed that it will unveil the Honor 8 smartphone at an event on July 11. The launch teaser apart from confirming the launch date also hints that the Honor 8 may sport a dual-rear camera setup. We will however have to wait for Honor’s confirmation of the same.

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The anticipated Honor 8 smartphone had allegedly passed China’s Tenaa certification site recently, tipping some innards of the handset. The Tenaa listing for the Honor phone thought to be the Honor 8 points to a 5.2-inch full-HD display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 2900mAh battery, octa-core Kirin 950 processor, 4GB of RAM, NFC, and a fingerprint scanner.

The Tenaa listing also tipped the design of the Honor 8 smartphone with images showing a dual-rear camera setup at the back and fingerprint scanner also at the back.

Earlier this month, Honor launched the Honor 5C in India priced at Rs. 10,999. The smartphone will go on sale via Flipkart and HiHonor.com in its first flash sale on Thursday. It comes with a 15-month warranty, and screen replacement warranty for the first month. The Honor 5C (Review) variant launched in India is the one with 4G connectivity.

The dual-SIM Honor 5C supports Micro-SIM cards with 4G LTE connectivity on both the SIM cards. To recall the specifications, it sports a 5.2-inch full-HD display; is powered by the company’s in-house HiSilicon Kirin 650 octa-core processor (4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz + 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2GHz); 2GB of RAM; packs 16GB of storage; expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB); sports a 13-megapixel rear camera; 8-megapixel front camera; fingerprint scanner, and a 3000mAh battery.

 

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Huawei is hosting a pre-IFA event on September 1, where it was heavily expected to unveil the Mate 9 smartphone. However, a company executive has now confirmed that this won’t be the case. The company is not unveiling the Huawei Mate 8 successor at the event in Berlin.

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Huawei’s mobile product line manager Bruce Lee, speaking to GizmoChina, revealed the company would not launch the Huawei Mate 9 so early. The Mate 8 was unveiled in November last year, and Huawei will stick to its one year cycle.

The Mate 9 has been subjected to quite a few leaks as well recently, and is expected to come with home-grown Kirin 960 octa-core chipset, and sport a 20-megapixel rear camera setup. In any case, speculations of what could be launched at the event have started again. The Huawei Mate 8 with Force Touch display was spotted on Tenaa recently, and the Chinese telecommunications giant could possibly launch just that.

The company is also expected to launch tablets and wearables at the event, but no specifics on that front yet. Huawei is also rumoured to be working on its own operating system, to let go of its dependence on Google’s Android. The project, however, is said to be in its early stages, so an unveiling in September is unlikely.

 

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Huawei Technologies Co. filed patent suits against Samsung Electronics Co. in the United States and China after the two weren’t able to reach a licensing deal over the use of technology fundamental to how mobile networks operate.

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In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco, Huawei claims Samsung infringes as many as 11 patents related to the industry standard for fourth-generation mobile devices. It’s seeking cash compensation. In the public portion of the complaint, Huawei doesn’t seek any order to block sales of Samsung products in the US.

The public version of the complaint is heavily redacted to mask confidential information.

The patents cover communications networks and software to operate LTE networks established through international standard-setting organizations, Huawei said in the complaint. Huawei, one of the world’s largest makers of networking gear, said it’s offered to charge Samsung a fair and reasonable rate but Samsung refuses to pay.

“We have a good history of licensing and cross-licensing of our peers,” said William Plummer, a Huawei spokesman. “We hope that Samsung will do the right thing.”

Huawei said it spends 15 percent of its revenue on research and is one of the biggest contributors to the industry standards for telecommunications so devices can talk to one another.

The case, as well as a suit filed in Shenzhen People’s Court in China where Huawei is based, threatens to become engulfed in a broader debate over how to value patents that are related to standardized technology such as mobile communications.

Companies that get together to develop industry standards pledge to license any patents on “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms. Tech companies are split on how to define what exactly that means, and the issue has led to lawsuits and policy arguments around the world.

Plummer said that Huawei has “fulfilled all of our obligations” to make a fair offer to Samsung. He declined to comment further on any negotiations.

Samsung’s own standard-essential patents were asserted against Apple . in their smartphone fight. The administration of President Barack Obama vetoed an import ban Samsung had won against Apple because of concerns a trade agency hadn’t addressed questions about such patents.

Ericsson, which vies with Huawei for title of top global networking company, also claimed Samsung refused to pay fair and reasonable rates. The companies later settled, an outcome Plummer said Huawei is seeking.

Officials with Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung didn’t immediately return queries seeking comment.

 

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According to the Q1 2016 smartphone shipments and market share report by Strategy Analytics, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi saw a rise in market share year-on-year in the first quarter, while the other two smartphone manufacturers in the top five – Apple and Samsung – saw a drop.

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Strategy Analytics says that while Samsung retained its premier position in terms smartphone shipments, it saw a drop of 3.7 million units shipped year-on-year – with 79 million smartphones shipped. It’s market share dropped 0.4 percent year-on-year to 24.6 percent. The South Korean tech giant is said to have kept its top spot position mainly because of its flagship Galaxy S7 models and J-series models. As for its rival Apple, the firm retained its number two position with 51.2 million units, but saw a year-on-year drop of 10 million units, and a drop in smartphone market share from 17.7 percent to 15.3 percent.

Talking about the Chinese smartphone brands, Huawei maintained its third position with 8.5 percent market share, which is 3.5 percent more from the same quarter last year. The company’s smartphone shipments in the first quarter grew 64 percent year-on-year, to ship an impressive 28.3 million smartphones worldwide. “Huawei is closing the gap on Apple, but Huawei itself is now being chased hard by ambitious rivals like Oppo and Vivo,” said Woody Oh, Director at Strategy Analytics.

Oppo also saw a year-on-year growth from 2.4 percent market share in Q1 2015 to 4.6 percent in Q1 2016 due to its increased presence and branding in Asian region. It shipped 15.5 million smartphones, an increase from 8.3 million from the same quarter last year. Xiaomi however, saw a slight fall in shipments because of a rise in Oppo’s market share. It shipped a total of 14.6 million smartphones down from 14.9 million in 2015 Q1, however, increased its market share by 0.1 percent to 4.4 percent.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics added that overall global smartphone shipments fell by 3 percent annually from 345 million units in Q1 2015 to 334.6 million units in Q1 2016. “It is the first time ever since the modern smartphone market began in 1996 that global shipments have shrunk on an annualised basis.” The drop is said to take place due to the ‘increasing penetration maturity’ in leading smartphone markets such as China.

 
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