We have heard plenty about Xiaomi's success in 2014, while other Chinese companies like Oppo and Meizu have also made their presence felt. Has that been to the detriment of traditional Chinese powerhouses such as ZTE and Huawei? According to the latter's financials the answer is no as once again it becomes apparent that in the huge Chinese market there could be room for everyone.
Huawei has rolled out its latest smartphone today as the Chinese company launched the new low end Ascend GX1, a phablet that will take the budget fight to the likes of Xiaomi in China. The device has shown up recently and last week it was leaked ahead of its launch.
Huawei's upcoming Glory 4X is not keeping its head down that's for sure as the handset has been leaked again in four new images. The device is the Chinese company's latest mid-range effort, a market the giant has lost ground on in its home market due to the rise and surge of Xiaomi devices. The images reveal a classic Chinese design, but as this is Huawei it sparks with a touch of quality too and is certainly not an ugly handset.
Huawei has another smartphone up its sleeve that will likely land next month, a little bit late to make the most of the Christmas shoppers, but time enough for late buyers. The device is apparently called the Huawei Glory 6 Plus, a high end addition to the company's range that will cost $537 and will launch on December 16th.
Huawei is not known for having devices in the US market, but the Ascend Mate 2 is an exception and if you are rocking that handset you can look forward to receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you do have the Ascend Mate 2 then you will know full well that you were left behind when Google rolled out Android 4.4 KitKat with Huawei deciding to keep the smartphone way back on Jelly Bean.
PhoneArena says it has received a document that claims to show Huawei's smartphone roadmap for next year, showing the roster of devices added to the company's portfolio in 2015.
Chinese giant Huawei is reportedly giving its Ascend P7 a revamp with a new replacement handset reportedly due to launch at CES. The original Ascend P7 is the company's flagship device and it was launched at the beginning of the year, so a replacement at CES in January is about right in terms of time.
One of the oddest niches is the one where tablets are given phone making capabilities. These are not phablets as they are just true slates that happen to have call functionality baked in. I can't imagine who buys these devices, but more and more companies seem to be exploring the idea and the latest is Chinese giant Huawei with its new Honor Tablet.
The smartwatch world is getting crowded, which means the niche is growing and more companies want a slice of the market and of the money. We have seen a number of brands join the wearable race over the last few weeks and months, and more are to come, including Huawei, the biggest mobile manufacturer in China.
Aside from launching the new Ascend Mate 7 flagship phablet at IFA, Huawei had another large screen device raring to go. That handset was the Ascend G7, a lower end mid-range device that like other Huawei handsets will probably not see the light of day in the US. However, like the Mate 7, it will land in Europe, so you will be able to grab it easier on import if you are in the good old US of A.