Huawei Reveals New Gadgets at IFA 2014

Huawei Reveals New Gadgets at IFA 2014

Sep 8, 2014

We are not sure if its fair to still refer to Huawei as an up-and-coming Android OEM anymore; as our our review of the Ascend Mate2 indicates, it feels like the China-based manufacturer feels quite comfortable on the world stage.

Last week, at IFA, Huawei showed up and showed out, officially revealing a few new devices on the way.

First is the 6-inch, finger print-equipped Ascend Mate7. Excerpts from the press release:

Huawei today launched Ascend Mate7 at Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) 2014, featuring a big 6-inch screen with FHD display for enhanced entertainment viewing, a slimmer 7.9mm body for increased comfort, a more powerful octa-core chipset for superior performance, and a longer-lasting 4100 mAh battery. With new single-touch fingerprint technology and EMUI 3.0, Ascend Mate7 dials up the mobile experience to make it easier for users to live life to the fullest. Ascend Mate7 is the latest big-screen smartphone from Huawei as it showcased its big ambitions as the number three smartphone vendor in the world.

Boasting octa-core architecture, Ascend Mate7 has an intelligent Huawei Kirin 925 processor made up of four large A15 1.8 GHz and four small A7 1.3 GHz chipsets which are activated in different configurations depending on the power needs of a specific app or function so the smartphone can be smarter with power management. Ascend Mate7 saves up to 50% of the battery by automatically using smaller A7 cores to power standard apps that consumers use at least 80% of the time, and kicking in the larger A15 during high-performance use such as gaming. The processor will also automatically activate additional cores when it detects that 85% to 95% of a single core’s processing capability is being used.

A rare find for smartphones of this size, Ascend Mate7 is made up of more than 95% metal and features an interior structure made of a strong aluminum alloy for superior heat reduction. At only 7.9mm slim and weighing 185g, it has an ergonomically curved back for easier operation with just one hand and an ultra-narrow 2.9mm bezel that delivers a compelling screen-to-body ratio of 83%. Ascend Mate7 comes in three chic colors, moonlight silver, obsidian black and amber gold.

Also unveiled was the Ascend G7. The following are excerpts from the official press release:

Ascend G7 is a handset that can elevate anyone’s style. At 7.6mm slim and weighing 165g, Ascend G7 is made using the world’s leading Nano Molding Technology (NMT) to create a premium metallic unibody design and sleek frame for a richer texture and smoother touch. The 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD display fits with ease and comfort into one hand while the defining 0.8mm thin line on the chassis between the front and rear of the handset reflects balance and elegance. Ascend G7 is available in classic metallic colors including moonlight silver, space gray, and horizon gold.

Ascend G7 runs on Qualcomm’s powerful quad-core 1.2 GHz processor and a robust 3000 mAh Li-Polymer battery. Featuring Huawei’s proprietary power-saving technology that provides three power saving modes – normal, smart, and ultra power saving – Ascend G7 enables 1.2 days of heavy usage and the ability to operate for an additional 24 hours on just 10% battery power. Huawei Ascend G7 is 4G LTE-enabled to make connectivity faster and more reliable than ever before. Movies can be downloaded in minutes and work files uploaded in seconds with speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

Revel in the high-quality photos captured with Huawei Ascend G7. With a 13MP rear-facing camera boasting a 28mm wide-angle BSI lens, and a 5MP front-facing camera with an 88-degree wide-angle lens, panoramic photo horizons can be broadened both vertically and horizontally. By double clicking the down volume button, a photo can be captured in only one second. Ascend G7 provides enhanced photo editing capabilities including manual focus to adjust photos that are out of focus, and independent light measurement features for photos taken in poor lighting. The impressive camera also offers facial-enhancement capabilities while filming in video mode.

[Source: Huawei Press Release]

ASUS Announces Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch at IFA 2014

ASUS Announces Android Wear-Powered ZenWatch at IFA 2014

Sep 3, 2014

IFA 2014 is definitely the place to be for gadget lovers. For folks dialed in to Android Wear, smart wearables and ASUS offerins, it doesn’t get better.

ASUS has announced its new Android Wear-powered smartwatch dubbed the ZenWatch.

The ZenWatch is a rectangular-faced affair, with classic strap and stainless steel frame. It features ASUS’ ZenUI overlay, scores of watch face options, and a Gorilla Glass/AMOLED display. it also expectedly serves as a smartphone companion and a health wearable.

More from the ASUS informational:

Fine Watch Craftsmanship
Exquisitely-crafted using premium materials
Sophisticated design enhanced by rose gold color layering
Genuine stitched-leather watchband and quick-release clasp design
100+ combination watch face choices to fit your mood and personality
Vivid AMOLED display and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Smart Companion
Seamless ASUS ZenUI integration and enhanced functionality
Automatically unlock your phone with ASUS ZenWatch
Tap Tap and Find My Phone helps you locate your phone instantly if misplaced
Simply cover ASUS ZenWatch with your hand to mute an incoming call
ASUS Remote Camera frees users to take photos from creative angles where the viewfinder would be difficult to see.
Presentation Control enables ZenWatch to be used as a remote control and time manager when giving a business presentation or lecture

Wellness manager
Monitor and track a range of health-related statistics with the ASUS Wellness app
Measures steps taken, calories burned, activity duration, heart rate, exercise intensity and relaxation level
View an easy-to-understand relaxation score based on relaxation-level measurements

According to MobileBurn, the device will be available in select markets in Q3, and will cost about $260.

[Source: MobileBurn and ASUS]