Huawei unveils slimmest phablet

Huawei has unveiled a series of new products including two new phablets and an affordable Ascend G6 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress.

The company also ventured into the wearable arena by launching its first wristband with a detachable Bluetooth-enabled earpiece with seven hours of continuous talk time.

The Talkband B1 that works on both Android and iOS devices has health and fitness tracking features and can track your physical activity, count steps, calculate calories burnt and monitor sleep. The device also has a smart alarm and nap functions. The band has a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display and NFC connectivity.

The device is made of hypo-allergenic, sweat-resistant and anti-UV materials and weighs just 26g and is 14.6mm thin. The battery of the wristband it is said can last up to six days without a recharge.

TalkBand B1 comes in true black, graphite grey, snow white, lemon yellow, curacao blue and raspberry red. It will be available in China from March 2014, and in Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe from Q2 2014 and is priced €99.

HUAWEI MediaPad X1

MediaPad X1 takes the phablet range beyond 6 inches and comes with 4G LTE connectivity. The device has a full aluminum alloy body and weighs just 239g. At 7.18mm it is considered the slimmest device in that category.

The device comes with a Kirin 910 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 1200 x 1920 FHD LTPS 10-point capacitive touch display with various features including a content adaptive brightness control (CABC) technology that enable better outdoor reading.

What’s more, the 5000 mAh battery, the company says, will provide 21 days of standby time, more than five full days of continuous video or web surfing, and powers additional mobile devices with its reverse charging function.

MediaPad X1 uses the ‘Super Decode Media Files’ function to differentiate between file types to ensure the smooth streaming of media while preserving battery power and the ‘Mail Grouping Service’ which differentiates between various types of signals and mobile phone ringtones to organize messages.

The device also comes with a 13MP Sony Exmor R BSI rear-facing camera that has five plastic elements (5P) lens featuring panoramic shooting and an IMAGESmart engine with auto-scene recognition.

MediaPad X1’s 5MP front-facing camera has a four-plastic-element (4P) lens and Huawei’s proprietary self-focus tips, preview screen, 10-level auto-facial enhancement and voice-activated hands-free capture, for ‘selfies’.

MediaPad X1 will be available in black, white, champagne and light pink in China, Russia, Western Europe, Middle East, Japan and Latin America from March 2014 and is priced €399.

HUAWEI MediaPad M1

The MediaPad M1 is an 8-inch tablet. The Android-powered device is powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. With 800 x 1280 HD display and a thickness of 7.9mm, it weighs about 329g with a metallic feel and aluminum body.

The device has dual front-facing speakers and dual microphones for enhanced sound quality and stereo effects. The multi-window screen and video floating window enables TV and movie viewing in eye-opening 1080p FHD and the 4800 mAh capacity battery supports 8 hours of video playing on a single charge.

The device comes with a 1MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear-facing auto-focus camera.
MediaPad M1 comes in black and white. It will be available for €299 from Q1 2014 in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia and Latin America with other markets to follow.

Both the devices have in-built WiFi routers, 2.4/5G dual mode WiFi support.

Ascend G6

The Ascend G6 is a 4.5-inch 4G LTE-enabled smartphone with a  5-megapixel front-facing camera.

“HUAWEI Ascend G6 4G is a stylish, colourful, and lightning fast smartphone designed to break down barriers,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “With its handy 4G LTE connectivity, easy-to-use interface and dynamic cameras offering a multitude of photographic opportunities, Huawei is delivering on our promise to ‘Make it Possible’ for more people around the world.”

The device runs on quad-core 1.2 GHz processor and 2000 mAh lithium polymer battery and has a 960 x 540 LCD display and 245PPI and is 7.85mm thick and weighs just 115g. The device comes in various colour variants including black, white, pink, gold or blue. The Ascend G6 also supports NFC sharing.

The device will be available from Q1, 2014. The suggested retail price is €249.

“We’re really excited to unveil our new 4G LTE devices which mark a significant step in bringing a truly connected life within reach. Our new MediaPads, together with HUAWEI TalkBand B1, deliver the essential pillars of happiness – health, connection to family, contact with friends, and access to work - without boundaries,” said Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

“Huawei’s culture of innovation places us in prime position to develop devices that bring people the benefits and joy of technology through 4G LTE connectivity,” he added.

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