Despite significant challenges in getting into the US market, Huawei has become the second largest phone manufacture, measured in phone shipments, in the latest report from IDC. The shipping of 54.2 million devices in the second quarter of 2018 means that the Chinese manufacture has moved well past Apple, who was number two behind Samsung until this report. Apple shipped 41.3 million devices in the same quarter.
Overall, Samsung remains the number one phone manufacture in the world, capturing some 20.9% of the global market with 71.5 million units shipping in Q2 of this year. Huawei has approximately 15.8% of the market share.
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Today is Amazon Prime Day, the biggest sales event for the online retailer each year. As part of the sale, Huawei has lowered the prices on virtually all of their Android phones and Wear OS by Google smartwatches. And in some cases, the savings are huge.
· $300 off the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone – $499
· $30 off the Huawei Mate SE smartphone – $219
· $80 off the Huawei Watch 2 Sports – $219
· $80 off the Huawei Watch 2 Classic – $289
· $20 off the Huawei Band 2 – $49
Keep in mind that Prime Day started at 3:00 pm Eastern today, or Noon Pacific for those on the West coast. Things will sell out very quick – they always do – so if you are wanting to pick up one of these great deals, do it sooner rather than later.
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The powerful but budget friendly Huawei Matebook D has made its way to the US. Powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U quad-core and coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the 14″ touchscreen uni-body laptop is priced at $599 currently exclusively at Walmart, both in store and online. The Matebook D is aimed to bring the quality of Huawei laptops at a more affordable price. It also represents a new breed of Windows 10 laptops that are powered by mobile SoCs to maximize performance while also being gentle on the battery.
The AMD RyzenTM 5 2500U is clocked at 2GHz and will burst up to 3.6GHz. It is coupled with the Radeon Vega8 Graphics processor. Display wise, it has a 14″ touchscreen that renders at 1900 x 1080 to give you at 16:9 ratio. All of this is coupled with four speaker Dolby ATMOS sound output to give great audio performance.
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Huawei has announced this morning that the company’s MediaPad M5 lineup is now available in the United States. Coming in both an 8.4″ and 10.8″ with 2D curved glass – a first for tablets, the Huawei MediaPad M5 brings a powerful Android tablet experience that really no other manufacture can match these days. Both tablet sizes are powered by the Kirin 960 SoC built by Huawei, 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM.
The MediaPad M5 lineup will be available from Huawei’s Amazon storefront. The 8.4″ model is $319.99 while the 10.8″ model is $359.99. Both models are currently in stock.
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With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, Huawei has a great promotion running for those Mums who need a new phone. Right now at Amazon you can pick up the powerful Huawei Mate 10 Pro in an exclusive Mocha Brown color, for $649. That’s $150 off the regular price. There is no coupon code required – just visit this link and the special pricing is already applied. That pricing will be good now through May 19th.
I reviewed the Huawei Mate 10 Pro a few months ago and as I put in that review, it is one of the best phones out there right now. Huawei has done a fantastic job with the overall design of the phone and the Android Oreo built EMUI 8 user experience is excellent.
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Huawei has suffered yet another blow in their efforts to break into the US smartphone market. Retailer Best Buy is reportedly not replenishing their current inventory of devices such as the Mate 10 Pro and will cease selling them once inventory is gone.
The news adds to what has already been a very rough start to 2018 for the Chinese manufacture in the United States. In January both AT&T and Verizon pulled out of carrier deals with the company after being pressured by the United States government to do so. This forced Huawei to look to retail channels like Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and B&H Photo. So far, only Best Buy has indicated they will not be selling the device any longer.
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When it comes to flagship devices in 2018, there are certain expectations you have in that device. It is going to have a solid display, likely 18:9. It is going to have solid performance, excellent battery life and cameras that give you those great shots every day no matter the conditions. That is a significant list of demands and few phones fully meet all the criteria. But the latest flagship from Huawei, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, does so brilliantly.
Building on the solid foundation of the Mate 8 of 2016 and the Mate 9 of 2017, the Mate 10 Pro is an evolution of all the things Huawei has learned on their phones. While this is evident under-the-hood with their updated, AI-driven Kirin SoC, it is also in the more visible parts too. EMUI 8, the company’s take on Android Oreo, is everything that the previous version where not. In other words, it is intutitive and solid. I actually like EMUI now. Add to that an impressive dual camera configuration with Leica optics and you will get stunning photos from the phone too. It is a pretty complete package that is fun to use.
Recently I was sent a Huawei Mate 10 Pro by Huawei USA to review and after using it, I can easily recommend it for those of you who are looking for a flagship phone. At a price of $799, it is certainly in the flagship price range but you’ll find very few compromises with this phone.
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Facing political pressure to scrap the deal, Verizon is dropping their plans to sell Huawei phones to their customers here in the United States. The plan is a blow to the Chinese manufacture who suffered a similar blow from AT&T earlier this month.
The news comes from sources at Bloomberg who state the main thrust behind the decision was political pressure due to concerns about the company potentially spying for the Chinese government, something Huawei has long denied and there being no evidence from the other countries where their devices are sold as this being an issue.
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