This time, it’s not just a press shot. Like the Ascend P1, Huawei Ascend P2 have attempted to create the same buzz around their slender build. Also, it seems the P2 will feature on-screen back and home buttons just like D2. Rumors suggested the device is 8.6mm thick, or maybe thinner than that. It will boast a 4.7-inch Full HD display with an industry leading 468ppi pixel density, which is also expected to see on HTC upcoming M7. Ascend P2 will have similar specs as its brother Ascend D2, with a homegrown 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a sharp 13-megapixel rear shooter, and runs Huawei’s custom Android 4.1.2. Other details include 8GB of onboard storage with memory expansion slot and a 2,200 mAh battery. Huawei Ascend P2 is the company’s third flagship phone of this year after the reveal of the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate and the 5-inch Ascend D2. Reportedly, the phone is priced at around 3,000 yuan (USD$484). Two more photos after the break.
Samsung Galaxy Note II has been released in the market for at least five months already, and there’re already rumors swirling around that Samsung Note III with a 6.5-inch display is in the work, and it could possibly appear in the upcoming MWC event at the end of February. Before that, here’s a special Note II knockoff with an unusual display size at 5.75-inch, which sits in between the 5.5-inch Note II and the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate, and it’s a Sharp IPS panel with resolution of 1280×720. Wish to know more, check it out after the break.
If you think tablet makers only spend most of their time in pursuit of top-notch specs, think again. The new Asus MeMO Pad is a 7-inch budget tablet with mediocre specs that unveiled to the world after CES Show 2013, and it is expected to be one of the best budget tablets out in the market. You may find the new Asus MeMO Pad is derived from Google Nexus 7, since both devices also manufactured by Asus, but you’re only partially right. But there’s more to find out after the break.
The latest report from IDC released preliminary data from its survey of worldwide tablet sales in the Q4 of 2012, which highlighted ASUS is now moving to the 4th place with 5.8% market share and 3.1 million units of shipment, beats Barnes & Noble, in the worldwide tablet shipment. The report also indicated ASUS has the biggest growth in tablet’s shipment, rose 402% year over year, where the firm says it was largely helped by the continued strong shipments of its Google-branded Nexus 7 tablet despite ASUS saw its share slip from 7.8% to 5.8% at Q4. Apple is still at the top spot of the chart, followed by Samsung and Amazon. Microsoft is missing from the list, as expected, despite it had a massive push for its Suface tablet in China at Q4 last year.
If the $199 Nexus 7 is out of your budget and looking for a cheaper 7-inch tablet, MSI has an offer that can make up your mind. The Taiwanese electronic maker named its low cost 7-inch tablet as “MSI Enjoy 71″, which is selling at around $172 US dollars in Taiwan, and it’s not available to other countries yet. The tablet features a standard 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display. Under the hood, you’ll find a dual-core 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The best part? It has microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB) and a mini-HDMI port that allows your tablet hooks up with your television at home, and these are some features that you could never find on Nexus 7. In this article, we also have a short paragraph comparing the specs of all the best 7-inch tablet out there including Kindle Fire HD, ASUS MeMO Pad and iPad Mini after the break.
Some Taiwanese folks had already got their hands on the Huawei Ascend D2, Huawei’s 5 inch full HD behemoth made to challenge the rest of hardcore top-tier phablets such as HTC Droid DNA and OPPO Find 5. It was announced at CES along with the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate. This device will be spreading across the market in China soon, but no words pricing and U.S. availability. We’re hoping there’ll be more details at MWC next month. Other specs includes its homegrown quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a sharp and fast 13-megapixel camera at the back, a hefty 3,000 mAh battery that is said to provide as much as two-days of battery life, and dual-SIM card slots that support GSM and CDMA network. In this initial look, we’ll look at the build quality, Huawei’s Android 4.1-based custom UI and some other basic stuffs.
There’re finally some news about the awesome Xiaomi’s set top box after the Chinese regulator put it on hold last November. Recently, Xiaomi confirmed that its set top box will resume providing portion of video content services to customers next week, and the company has officially announced a partnership with “CNTV”, one of the seven licensed content providers. However, it’s unclear whether the Chinese regulator will approve the device or not. Furthermore, there’s also no words on how many contents can remain to broadcast on the device. More info after the break.
Huawei Ascend P1 had generated a considerable amount of noise among the Android community last year, and its successor is about to show up at the end of February at Mobile World Congress. We are expecting it to be a smaller and thinner version of Huawei Ascend D2 that just announced at 2013 CES, and previous leak indicated the specs of P2 is pretty much the same as D2, except for a smaller 4.5 inch IPS 1080p display. Other spes include a 1.8GHz in-house quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera, a hefty 3,000mAh battery, Android 4.1 and more. If that’s what P2 going to be, it is really nothing surprise. We hope there is going to be something different than what we expected here.
As Chinese New Year is approaching, hundreds of millions of migrant workers are preparing to make the trip home to celebrate with their families. However, around 1,000 workers at the Beijing division of Foxconn, were angry to work overtime ahead of the Chinese New Year because it’s bad and low pay. On Tuesday, they went on strike at the firm’s cafeteria amid a dispute over end-of-year holiday privileges and bonuses. The photos on the internet showed workers were sitting round a table, talking to management, while others showed a large crowd of workers crowded into the factory canteen waiting for an answer.
UPDATE: Foxconn confirmed to TNW in a statement that there weren’t any strike at the factory, it was merely a town hall meeting with numerous employees, and it has made no disruption to its operation.
Beyond the traditional items, there’re often surprise to be found in every buzzing Chinese market around the world when the most important Chinese holiday comes. This year, those Angry Birds are making their presence on Chinese New Year items, the red lucky envelopes. In Chinese and other Asian societies, a red envelope or red packet is a monetary gift which is given during holidays or special occasions. So, why not give your monetary gift some personality with these cute characters?
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