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CES 2013: Huawei press conference live blog

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  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:31:59 PM
    Back to the Ascend Mate now.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:32:20 PM
    Yu just said the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate has a "compact design."
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:32:47 PM
    Yu just claimed that the battery is the largest in the world. That's not true, in terms of capacity. I think he means length.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:33:15 PM
    Now we're talking about the device's touch input capabilities.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:33:15 PM
    By the world for smartphones, anyhow. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx series is 3,300mAh. This is 3,000mAh.
  • Lori Grunin 1/7/2013 9:33:19 PM

    Rugged and waterproof

  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:33:23 PM
    He takes out a black glove.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:33:33 PM
    "Even with a glove, you can touch the screen."
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:34:00 PM
    It looks leather, for what it's worth.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:34:26 PM
    "A new technology to make your life more convenient," Yu says.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:34:27 PM
    Ooh, it's cool to see Huawei doing gloved touch sensitivity. Nokia brought this out first with the Lumia 920 and 800 series. I wore fuzzy black gloves in a video to prove it and looked like I had muppet hands.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:34:53 PM
    Another Nokia-inspired trick, perhaps with the augmented reality. CityLens is Nokia's app. (It doesn't work that well.)
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:35:05 PM
    feature: augmented reality GPS navigation.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:35:19 PM
    feature: smart reading: select a word and define or translate
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:35:29 PM
    I like the Smart Reading tool to define or translate a word. Usually highlighting is just for copy.paste. Huawei hasn't traditionally rolled out software.
  • Lori Grunin 1/7/2013 9:35:32 PM

    Big screen

  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:35:55 PM
    feature: "floating windows." it's exactly how it sounds: true windows on a mobile device.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:36:05 PM
    Now floating windows (as in isolate browser tabs) is a Samsung trick, you see it on the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:36:33 PM
    Yu is talking about the need to truly multitask, which stands in fundamental opposition to the mobile trends as of late.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:37:21 PM
    They've designed the UI to be compatible for one-hand use. So for example, the keyboard doesn't span the entire width; it shifts to the side of the phone.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:38:10 PM
    Quick Power Control technology is what supposedly reduced power...but I'd like to know how. Huawei is a networking powerhouse, so this makes sense.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:38:17 PM
    Yu talking about Huawei's power-saving tech, giving a 10% figure for operational savings and 20% figure for connectivity savings. So 30% in total, according to Huawei's math.
  • Lori Grunin 1/7/2013 9:38:34 PM
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:38:56 PM
    25% less time to charge, Huawei says, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:39:11 PM
    I have to take back what I said before about battery...I was thinking he was talking about the Ascend D2 with 3,000mAH rather than the Ascend Mate's 4000mAh battery. Yeah, that wins.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:39:14 PM
    Dual Wi-Fi receivers.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:39:31 PM
    Wi-Fi speeds of up to 150Mbps.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:39:55 PM
    All this is for the Ascend Mate, by the way. That's the larger, 6.1-inch device.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:40:23 PM
    They're demonstrating the stereo recording capabilities of the device's microphone.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:40:26 PM
    Now on the the UI.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:40:59 PM
    The Emotion UI is Huawei's custom interface overlay on Android 4.1.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:41:24 PM
    "Simple and easy to use is very good." But it's better to "put people's emotion into the product." Thus, Emotion UI.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:41:25 PM
    There are 100 online themes and auto-changing wallpaper.
  • Lori Grunin 1/7/2013 9:41:38 PM
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:42:00 PM
    "We want a phone that's not just a smartphone, but an intelligent phone." He adds, to clarify: "Human intelligence."
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:42:11 PM
    Huawei is claiming 200 fixes and tweaks to Android 4.1.
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:42:45 PM
    In sum: Ascend D2 (smaller one): 5-inch screen, 13MP camera, 3000mAh battery, water resistance, metal frame. Therefore, "most powerful."
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:43:22 PM
    It's interesting to me that the Ascend D2, the smaller of the phones, has the 13-megapixel camera. The larger one has the 8-megapixel camera. I'm wondering why they chose this, but I'm guessing it was for price control.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:44:00 PM
    So how do you type on a phone with a 6,1-inch screen? There are one-handed UI tools, probably like Samsung implemented.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:44:05 PM
    (In Samsung's case, you shrink the keyboard and shift it to one side or the other.)
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:44:05 PM
    In sum: Ascend Mate (larger one): 6.1-inch screen, 4050mAh battery, "magic touch," "guiding wizard," one-hand UI, "smart reading," "floating windows." Therefore, "largest screen."
  • Lori Grunin 1/7/2013 9:44:21 PM

    Sound comes from all around

  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:44:24 PM
    4050mAh battery on the Ascend Mate, to be precise. Wow!
  • Andrew Nusca 1/7/2013 9:45:22 PM
    ...and that's it. Now we're on to questions from the audience (all press).
  • Jessica Dolcourt 1/7/2013 9:46:02 PM
    The Ascend D2 will fully replace the Ascend D Quad, in case you were wondering.
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