Chinese companies seem hell-bent on claiming a pie of the international, and especially western, smartphone and tablet market. One thing we know about these Chinese companies is that their gadgets are often low priced and often have tons of features that mainstream ‘dominant’ companies do not include on their devices.
It is however unfortunate that these companies are often a step behind in releasing devices to the market. Huawei is not that late, but I wish that the six ‘new’ devices they unveiled yesterday during the IFA conference in Germany were already in the western market. Huawei unveiled the six gadgets, some which we have already heard of, and is promising to make them available later this year in the Asian market. Here are these devices which Huawei ‘unveiled’.
Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL
This is the handset that was teased to be the fastest smartphone in the world back in February before the likes of Galaxy Nexus and the S3 were introduced into the market. The Ascend D1 missed its window of opportunity, it could have made a tremendous impact with its quad core processor back in February but now, even other smaller Chinese companies like Xiaomi have already released even more powerful smartphones.
At the moment, the Ascend D1 will not stand the competition as the fastest smartphone in the world, especially since Huawei decided to downgrade some of the features. These include the 1.2 GHz quad core Huawei ARM processor replacing the 1.5GHz the device was supposed to come with, the 2,600 mAh battery, 8MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras and MicroSD support.
I must admit though that the specs of this smartphone beat those of most smartphones in the market today and it passes as a high end high performance smartphone an advanced user should invest in. Other features of the Ascend D1 are the 4.5 inch IPS+ LCD screen with a 1280 X 720 pixels resolution and 330 ppi density and Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Huawei promises to release the phone to the European and Asian markets in late October at a price of €499 ($625) without contract. There was no news on when it could come to the US market or the price, but I suppose that it should be on the shelves before the holiday season and will probably go for less than $500.
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
This is a new high end 10 inch tablet which is not that new because it had already been revealed last month. This tablet is said to come with a 10 inch 1920 X 1200 pixels IPS LCD screen and will sport a 1.2 GHz quad core processor and an impressive 6,600 mAh battery. Other notable features are 1 GB of RAM, Android d 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and a choice of 8, 16, 32 or GB inbuilt memory.
Huawei is marketing the MediaPad 10 as a light but very powerful tablet. According to the press release by Huawei, the tablet weighs only 580 grams. There is no word on when it will be available in the market but it will cost €429 (about $535) when it finally arrives.
MediaPad 7 Lite
MediaPad 7 Lite is a smaller tablet than the MediaPad 10. This is a 7 inch tablet designed for those who do not want a gadget as big as the 10 inch. It has some impressive specs too though including a 1.2 GHz quad core processor just like the 10 incher, two cameras (the rear is a 3.2MP, there is no news on the resolution of the front), a 4,100 mAh battery and assorted features including WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and USB ports and MicroSD support.
This light tablet has no exact time of release yet but we know that it will retail at a price of €249 (about $310). Some may argue that this is the Nexus 7 killer but I disagree because the specs cannot rival Nexus’ (except for the camera and MicroSD card slot). The price alone seems a little too steep, when it comes to the US market, Huawei will have a hard time competing with such companies as Amazon on the mini-tablet market.
Huawei Ascend G600
This is a new addition to Huawei’s family of smartphones. Although it has some pretty admirable features, I can say that this falls in the category of mid-range smartphones and doesn’t present anything new that no other smartphone has already. The most notable features though are the 1.2 GHz dual core process, a 4.5 inch qHD screen protected with a Gorilla glass, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 2,000 mAh battery and an impressive 8 MP rear camera. What Huawei really screwed up with this phone though, for reasons that no one can understand, is the 768 MB of RAM. I have reviewed some low end smartphones but this so far is the first that has such low RAM compared to other features and specs.
The Ascend G600 will be released in December in Germany and will sell for €299 (around $375) without a contract. We have no idea when or if it will come to the US market, but this year does not look that promising.
Ascend Y201 Pro
This is another new entrant in the smartphone field. The Y201 was first unveiled in Berlin yesterday and is a modest entry-level phone that targets users who are not after high power or features in a phone – especially young customers. It is a 3.5 inch 320 x 480 pixels screen phone with 512MB of RAM, 4GB inbuilt memory, an 800 MHz processor and a 1,400 mAh battery. It is set to be released sometime in October but like other new entrants, there was no word as to when specifically it might be available in the American market.
Just above the Ascend Y201 Pro on the list of budget devices on Huawei’s line up is the G330. This elegant 4 incher is a mid-range budget phone with quite decent specs. These include a 1,500 mAh battery, a dual core 1 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and WVGA display. It is scheduled to be released in Europe and Asia in November and will cost €199 (about $249).