Just as expected and explained earlier in a previous post, Huawei did exceed Apple in global sales recently (according to counterpoint). This might not remain the case, as Apple’s new iPhones will probably return Huawei to its third position. Becoming the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, even for a brief moment, indicates that the company’s goal to become the world’s first smartphone manufacturer (by 2021) isn’t impossible. Nonetheless, Huawei still has a long way to reach Samsung. This year, Huawei shipped 38.5 million smartphones, while Samsung shipped 79.8 million (Source: IDC).
At IFA 2017, Huawei announced the launch of the Kirin 970, its new SoC (System on a Chip) with AI capabilities, which the company is promoting as a mobile AI computing platform. The Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a 12-core GPU. It features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which when compared to the 970 CPU, should deliver 25 times the performance with 50 times greater efficiency. Which means that the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with less power. According to the company, in an image recognition test benchmark, the Kirin 970 can process 2000 images per minute, which is faster than any other chip on the market.
The smartphone industry has been divided between two players (at least that is how many saw it), Samsung and Apple, for many years now. What am I talking about? If you’ve lived in the Middle East, you would have realized that to most people, smartphones mean either a Galaxy or an iPhone. That has been the case for many years now, although the market was filled with phones by LG, HTC, Sony, and others. It was between 2011 and 2013 that Chinese manufacturers started to appear as serious players on the global board (via Statista). Since then companies such as Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi have been slowly gaining global market share, with Huawei announcing last year its plans to overtake Samsung and Apple by 2021 (via WSJ). Continue reading “Huawei is on the rise!”
Huawei Lebanon has been strongly pushing the P10 and P10 plus smartphones since their release. Their social media campaigns focused on promoting both devices through the use of a certain Lebanese professional photographer.
It’s all been good until they released their latest promotional video. The ad is basically the same professional photographer, taking photos, speaking about a certain feature, and then showing the photos. Now that seems great, doesn’t it? Well, it would have been, if they were discussing the camera, sure… but the ad was about the phones supercharge feature. Come on Huawei… seriously?
Samsung has recently removed UFS 2.1 from the Galaxy S8 spec sheet. This has happened right after Huawei’s memory substitution scandal on the P10 and P10 Plus. To those that don’t know, Huawei installed different memory chips in the two variants, which resulted in users getting very different read speeds. Seems like Samsung has done the same thing.
The Huawei Honor 8 Pro that is set to launch on April 5th in the US, has been leaked on the Russian Huawei website. The page provided full details of the specifications and the design of the device, which looks amazing. As detailed in the leaks, the device will be powered by an octa-core Kirin 960, 6 GB ram, and will have a storage capacity of 64 GB. The display is a QHD 5.7″ with 515 PPI. The Honor 8 Pro has a 4000 mAh battery, but to say that it could go up to 2 days of continuous operation is a big promise. We’ll have to wait till the launch to see how it actually performs in daily activities.
The P9 from Huawei last year received many good reviews. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that Huawei’s 2016 smartphones had many good reviews, which included the honor 8, P9, and Mate 8. Here’s a look at the specs of the P10 and P10 Plus, 2 of the best devices launched at MWC 2017.
If you’re a tech geek like me, then chances are you’ve been waiting for this event since the beginning of the year!
MWC arrived this year with many interesting announcements, from companies such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei, Blackberry, and most importantly NOKIA!
Here’s a list of some of the devices that I have found really interesting, and that I plan to hopefully write about soon:
- Galaxy Tab S3
- Galaxy Book
- LG G6 (honestly first LG phone to grab my attention)
- BlackBerry Keyone
- Huawei P10
- Sony Xperia XZ
- And let’s not forget the nostalgic Nokia 3310!