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.
Huawei Ascend W1 was announced back at CES, it runs on Windows Phone 8 but relies on attractive price tag, rather than high-end specs to impress Chinese customers. The Ascend W1 is now available in China, Huawei’s home country, and is the cheapest WP8-powered smartphone there. It costs 1599 yuan ($260, contract free), which is good 400 yuan cheaper than the Chinese version of the Lumia 620 (about $320). Huawei is also giving some special offering, anyone getting order from Huawei’s official online store will automatically get a 100 yuan discount while supplies last. Huawei Ascend W1 will become available in other countries, including the UK, before the end of Q1 of this year. As for the upcoming W2 for the MWC-bound, it will be a Huawei’s flagship WP8 handset. It comes with a 4.5-inch HD screen, a dual-core CPU of sorts, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, an 8 MP camera, and a 2,800 mAh battery.
The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing has an intriguing new take on the debate over Apple’s product and the people who make them. A young Chinese artist, which was already an Apple consumer, got an assembly-line job at Shenzhen Foxconn to make iPads, and forty-five days later he used his wages to buy one. As an exhibit, he put the iPad on a pedestal, tacked up his uniform and badges, and framed his contract. The effect, on a white gallery wall, is a strangely addictive ready-made tablet about the intersection of money, aspiration, and technology. So did the experience in Foxconn change his perceptions of Apple one way or the other ?
HTC Butterfly has been selling in China for about a month, but only in black and red color. Finally, the white version HTC Butterfly is ready to be reserved for buyers in the country, which began via the Chinese online retailer 51buy.com yesterday and it has already received over 400,000 orders. It will officially go on sales on the 24th, right before the Chinese New Year, which is available at the same price as the red and black version at ¥4,799 (US$774) without contract. It is cheaper than the Japan version (around US$844), but more expensive than the US version (around US$600). To make things clear, we have a short summary of the difference between J Butterfly, Butterfly and Droid DNA after the break.
ZTE Grand S was announced at 2013 CES, it is a super thin behemoth with merely 6.9mm thick, it comes with high-end hardwares such as a 5-inch display, 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Moreover, the phone was honored with the 2013 iF International Design Award from CES, which favored by 49 top international designers. However, this beautiful device is China’s exclusive, and it’s not likely to hit the western market.
Almost everywhere in China has terrible traffic system and caused numerous accidents each year. To solve this issue, the Chinese official is looking to introduce driverless buses and plans to make a trial run in Shanghai Minhang District. Actually, the idea of driverless bus has been developed and examined in United State for about 10 years, the first commercial route just opened to service a few months ago. The driverless bus will look like a normal bus but with an electromagnetic system on board will interact with the magnetic nails on the ground to guide the bus forward. Sensors will be aligned on both sides of a bus lane and installed on the bus to keep it move inside the lane and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. The sensors can also stop the bus at stations automatically. The bus can have two or more trailer sections for carrying more passengers during rush hours.
German company Metro Group has announced Media Markt, their electrical appliance and consumer electronics retailer, is set to exit the Chinese market. The group’s two-year attempt to break into the Chinese market ended at the close of December, and its decision to discontinue its Chinese business was based on the group’s experience in the country and predictions for the future. If the group cannot find new investors to take over its Chinese interests, Metro will close its Media Markt stores in China. They were also negotiating with Foxconn, which holds a 25 percent stake in Media Markt …
According to Chinese government new policy, all newly built residences, which locate in cities where a public fiber optic telecoms network is available, have to be equipped with fiber network connections. The standards will take effect from April and will also require residences to offer equal connections to services from various telecoms companies allowing customers to choose which service they want. The government hopes to have 40 million families connected to fiber networks by 2015. Local telecoms operators have been stepping up the pace on fiber network connections too. By introducing fiber-optic technology, it is good to see the internet speed in China will finally boost-up, but we’re not sure whether the Chinese residents can enjoy fast broadband at low price. And the high speed internet is only beneficial when connecting within China, it will not that phenomenal when hopping to oversea websites.
[UPDATE] TCL, the Chinese electronics and home appliance company, has announced a product placement deal to appear in the upcoming “Iron Man 3″ movie. Everything from Tony Stark’s motion panel device to his 110-inch 4K smart TV and mobile handsets will be from the Chinese company. Nowadays, elements of Chinese culture had been incorporated in Hollywood shootings and the plot lines, marking a collaboration between movie industries in the US and in China. TCL has just been committed to build an international brand image to deepen its brand influence. This isn’t the first brand placement for the company though. They’ve also done previous promotions with “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “The Avengers”. The superhero movie series “Iron Man 3” will be released on 3 May 2013. Sneak peaks of the Iron Man 3 filming in Beijing were reported last month.
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