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All posts tagged "Huawei"

  • Honor 6X: P9’s dual camera trickery goes budget

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand held a major launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, revealing the rather interesting Honor 6X smartphone. At a suggested price of US$250, the Honor 6X is squarely aimed at the mid-range market. There's a capable if unspectacular Kirin 655 octacore chip, 3GB of RAM (32GB storage) or 4GB of RAM (64GB model), a relatively large 3340mAh battery and 5.5-inch full HD display. But what really makes the phone stand out is the presence of two cameras, in the form of a 12MP and 2MP shooter. The setup apes a few other budget dual-camera offerings like the...

  • Huawei’s Honor Magic is basically a sexier P9

    We've already seen Xiaomi's Mi Mix make its debut, but now it's time for Huawei's Honor sub-brand to reveal a gorgeous handset. To that end, we've got the Huawei Honor Magic. The Honor Magic packs the same capable Kirin 950 octacore processor as the P9 and Mate 8 (four A72 cores and four A53 cores), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 2900mAh battery and dual 12MP f/2.2 main cameras. It's a pity it's not using the Kirin 960 then, but it's still a powerful handset on paper. There is one major downside to using the Kirin 950 though (less capable GPU...

  • Global smartphone sales spike as Samsung, Apple lose ground

    China's smartphone makers are slowly eating into Samsung and Apple's global market share, this according to a new report by Gartner. Globally, smartphone sales increased by 5.4% year-on-year, with 373.2-million devices sold. Leading this charge was Huawei, Oppo and BBK (the company that owns the likes of Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo). The three manufacturers claimed 21% of the global smartphone sales market in Q3 2016, compared to Samsung's 23.6% and Apple's 13%. Samsung had its worst smartphone sales quarters ever, thanks in part to the Note 7 Notably though, most of these smartphone sales from Oppo and BBK were in China. The fall of...

  • Huawei reveals its South African smartphone lineup for 2017

    Huawei has confirmed that the Nova smartphone, which launched globally at IFA earlier this year, will be coming to the South Africa on 2 February 2017. Hawa Hyath, Huawei marketing director for sub-Saharan Africa, told reporters at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town that the handset would be coming in the R4000-R6000 price window. As for the Nova Plus, Hyath said that the smaller Nova would be their focus but added that MTN was considering to range the Plus-sized handset. The Huawei representative said the Mate 9 would be coming to the country in Q1 2017, clarifying that they were "looking at having...

  • 9 things you should know about the Huawei Mate 9

    The Huawei Mate 9 has been revealed this week, making for quite a step up from the Mate 8. And that's before we get into the limited edition Porsche Design variant of the phablet. But, if anything, what should you know about the new phone? Well, here are nine key takeaways to keep in mind. The Kirin 960 chip is a beast Huawei's in-house HiSilicon processors have traditionally been good but not great, stepping up to great territory with last year's Kirin 950 chipset. However, the processor still had a few weak spots, namely the lack of 4K recording support and a...

  • Huawei Mate 9: a Daydream-ready phablet powered by Kirin 960

    We all knew the Huawei Mate 9 was coming today, but the Chinese firm has made the phablet official. The rumours were true for the most part, as the new device is powered by the in-house Kirin 960 chipset (four 2.4Ghz A73 cores and four 1.8Ghz A53 cores), being the first mobile chips to adopt the new cores in lieu of A72 cores. The new chip also drastically ups the graphical ante (which was HiSilicon's Achilles Heel), featuring a new Mali G71 octacore GPU, as opposed to the T880 quad-core GPU used in the P9 and Mate 8. In fact, Huawei claims a...

  • Which Android flagship smartphone is for you? [QUIZ]

    There have been quite a few noteworthy high-end Android smartphones this year, ranging from multimedia beasts to some innovative designs. But which handset should be your next purchase? We put together a quick-fire quiz to guide your decision-making process.

  • Kirin 960: the chip to power Huawei Mate 9, P10

    Huawei has announced the HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor a few weeks before the Mate 9 is expected to be revealed, being the successor to their potent Kirin 950 and 955 processor. We definitely expect to see the 960 in the Mate 9, but Huawei's track record has shown it's likely to use the processor (or tweaked variant thereof) in next year's P10 flagship as well. Don't believe me? Well, we've seen the Huawei P8 Max's Kirin 935 chip used in the Mate S later that year, the chip being a slightly faster version of the Kirin 930 used in the vanilla P8 (review). Then there was...

  • Huawei Mate 9: here’s what we know so far

    It's almost time for the Huawei Mate 9 phablet to be revealed, but we've seen and heard plenty of leaks already. For starters, the phone is widely expected to have a dual-camera setup, following in the footsteps of the Huawei P9 (review), Honor 8 and Honor 6 Plus. Where it gets really interesting is in the camera details though, with serial leaker Evan Blass claiming that the phone will have 4x optical zoom as a result. By comparison, the iPhone 7 Plus and its camera pairing has 2x optical zoom. A second website has corroborated the dual-camera arrangement, citing an instruction...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7: 5 Android rivals who could step up

    To say that Samsung has had a disastrous few months would be to put it mildly (pardon the cliché). After earning critical and commercial acclaim with the Galaxy S7 range, the company was expected to continue its winning ways with the Galaxy Note 7. Dozens of these devices caught fire (literally), resulting in replacements being issued. But in an absolutely cruel and ridiculous twist of fate, these new units have suffered from similar problems, forcing Samsung to halt sales and exchanges. The South Korean giant finds itself at arguably its lowest point yet, but it does perhaps represent an opportunity for...