Meet the Huawei Ascend D2, a “heavyweight” beast that might not come close to the dimensions of the phony Ascend Mate, but that could easily take on the HTC J Butterfly and Oppo Find 5, the world’s first 1080p phablets.
The Samsung Galaxy Premier has had a busy schedule in the past weeks. After we caught the unofficial Nexus phone successor making a stop at Taiwan’s FCC-like agency (NCC), which hinted its impending arrival, the Premier now stars in a billboard ad alongside the rest of the Galaxy lineup in Guangzhou, China.
Thought you’ll never see the words “quad-core phone” and “budget-friendly” used in the same sentence? Well, think again, because ZTE is getting ready to release a super-snappy and ultra-cheap Android smartphone… in China.
With Samsung ruling everything, it’s started being more difficult than ever to find an Android niche where the Koreans are not among the stars. But when there aren’t any more niches to attack, why not invent a new one?
It’s getting almost impossible to keep track of all of the newly unveiled Android phones powered by the super-snappy quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, but the Xiaomi Phone 2 should stand out of the crowd for two reasons.
There has been a lot of drama surrounding Huawei recently. The problems began with accusations by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee against Huawei and ZTE. According to the committee both companies could potentially be spying for the Chinese government. While there has been no direct proof presented to back the claim, the damage to Huawei and ZTE’s reputation has already been done. In order to help clear the company’s name, Huawei Australia’s John Lord has spoke up saying they are more than willing to give out unrestricted access to their source code and equipment.
Tencent is a company you probably haven’t heard of, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. Over 700 million people use their instant messaging client QQ. According to DigiTimes, last week the company launched a service called “WeChat” in Taiwan. What exactly is WeChat? It’s another OTT (over the top) messaging platform, similar to how WhatsApp and Viber work.
We’ve seen HTC’s J Butterfly and Oppo’s Find 5 prancing around with the first 1080p displays, we know that Sony is prepping an impressive 5-incher, but also a gargantuan 6-incher, and now Huawei is joining this crazy race with… a 6.1-incher.
Although it’s still not where some thought it could get, China’s “affordable mobile revolution” has brought some pleasant surprises of late. Tech manufacturers like Huawei, ZTE, Oppo... or Xiaomi, which didn’t say much to Westerners a few months ago, have come a long way, teasing us with an entire series of budget-conscious super-phones.
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Though it’s still viewed as a somewhat exotic name by many tech enthusiasts in the West, Xiaomi is definitely making waves in its native land of China. After selling 3.5 million units of its first ever Android phone, the MI-One, in less than a year, the company is driving people nuts with the second gen Mi-Two and MI-One S phones.