CES 2013: Huawei press conference live blog

Join CNET as Huawei introduces new cell phones at CES 2013.

  • Jason Parker 1/7/2013 8:56:18 PM
    Welcome everyone! We're here at CES 2013 and we're about to kick off the Huawei press event here in Las Vegas. We have about 5 minutes here until showtime, but I can answer any questions you may have.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 8:57:19 PM
    Ahem, ahem, is this thing on? Andrew Nusca here, along with Jessica Dolcourt and Lori Grunin, to cover the heck out of this Huawei press conference.
  • Jason Parker 1/7/2013 8:57:55 PM
    We had some tech difficulties, but we are now on!
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:00:50 PM
    We're in and seated and should be beginning shortly. Huawei already has some phones on display; we'll have photos for you in just a moment.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:02:13 PM
    Huawei has chill out music on the speakers and lots of food out -- a nice touch, considering that their press conference is at prime lunch hour here in Las Vegas.
  • Jason Parker 1/7/2013 9:02:43 PM
    For a little background, Huawei usually launches lower-end handsets in the U.S. and higher-end phones abroad, but have committed to a consumer campaign in the US and are working on higher-tier partnerships here.
  • Lori Grunin 1/7/2013 9:04:34 PM

    Jessica modeling the Huawei Ascend Mate

  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:04:44 PM
    If you're wondering, both devices on display are smartphones -- one's considerably larger than the other. They've got them in black and white. They're called the Ascend Mate (larger) and Ascend D2 (smaller).
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:07:49 PM
    If the Ascend Mate sounds familiar, it leaked late last month. Here's our story on that: Huawei to go jumbo with 6.1-inch Ascend Mate
  • Lori Grunin 1/7/2013 9:10:23 PM

    Ascend D2

  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:11:53 PM
    We're still waiting. Folks are still filing in the back. Sit tight! We sure are. (Seriously, we're inches from each other.)
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:12:29 PM
    aaaand here we go!
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:12:47 PM
    They're showing a video clip.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:13:31 PM
    It's a guy snapping a photo of a butterfly with his Huawei smartphone. (Normal-sized edition.)
  • Jason Parker 1/7/2013 9:13:47 PM
    People watching at home: refresh your browsers to get rid of the Intel feed.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:13:59 PM
    They're basically running through the features as they track this guy's life -- at home, at work.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:14:32 PM
    To be clear: this is a filmed advertisement. It's not a real-life clip.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:14:49 PM
    The Ascend D2 was the device shown.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:15:08 PM
    Video clip over. Introductory remarks commence!
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:15:53 PM
    Consumer business CEO Richard Yu takes the stage.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:16:08 PM
    "This year, we're launching two exciting products."
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:16:34 PM
    Talking corporate transformation: looking to address the high-end market better, and looking to move out of feature phones to smartphones.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:17:09 PM
    He added another: Huawei's transition from a white-label manufacturer to its own brand.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:17:54 PM
    Last year, "good progress" in revenue growth.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:18:43 PM
    "It's a little bit complicated" having so many gadgets in our bags today, Yu says.
  • Lori Grunin 1/7/2013 9:18:47 PM

    Richard Yu

  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:19:11 PM
    Huawei's answer: "We need an all-in-one solution." Large screen, long-lasting battery, easily carried, superior camera.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:19:38 PM
    The photo is of the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:20:31 PM
    Today Huawei will officially launch: Ascend Mate, "largest screen smartphone in the world." and Ascend D2, "most powerful smartphone."
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:20:45 PM
    I just got my hands on these phones right before the presser started and let me tell you, this 6.1-inch Ascend Mate is no joke.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:21:09 PM
    Yu is talking "design philosophy."
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:21:16 PM
    I feel like I've become so desensitized to 5-inch screens that the Mate's massiveness really stands out. These phones look good.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:21:32 PM
    "Beauty." "Function." "Pure." "Flow."
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:22:20 PM
    "It's also very comfortable in your hand...so convenient."
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:22:55 PM
    You can put it into any pocket, Yu says, demonstrating with his black suit. (I imagine he doesn't own a pair of skinny jeans.)
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:23:20 PM
    "Quality." "Simplicity." Lots of buzzwords here, without ornamentation.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:24:06 PM
    Now we're talking about the manufacturing process. He says it's highly complicated, because the device has a metal frame. Now a video, to demonstrate the stamping process.
  • Lori Grunin 1/7/2013 9:24:49 PM

    Richar Yu

  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:25:11 PM
    The music accompanying the video is slow-burn rock. Epic manufacturing.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:25:47 PM
    "More advanced manufacturing technology than the iPhone." Them's fightin' words.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:26:07 PM
    The phones are really slim and pretty. I'm just wondering how good the cameras are, since Huawei shooters haven't always been so hot. And by not-so-hot, I mean really not good.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:26:09 PM
    OK, now we're talking about the D2. Yu will explain why it's the "most powerful."
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:26:21 PM
    443 PPI resolution. 1080x1920.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:26:35 PM
    Galaxy S3 is 306 ppi. iPhone 5 is 326 ppi.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:27:07 PM
    Yu makes a crack about his old age and seeing the screen. (He's not that old.)
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