We've had a chance to spend some significant time with the Huawei Mate 8 in the last 24 hours, and so I felt an intial impressions post was warranted. The "space gray" (yes, really) 32GB unit I've been using is technically preproduction per Huawei's own disclaimer, though the software feels largely finished and the phone physically feels ready for sale.
The Mate 8, by the way, is not a phone you'll be seeing in America. Huawei has taken a pretty careful approach in regard to its US device launches, and its most expensive handsets generally never make it here through any official channels.
Huawei has only released a few phones in the US market, and the new Mate 8 isn't among them. Instead, we'll get the mid-range Honor 5X. No, it doesn't have anything to do with the LG-build Nexus 5X. The Honor 5X has somewhat more modest specs than that other 5X, but the price is lower too at just $199.
We had a few minutes with the new Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 after Huawei's CES press conference this morning, and here's the rundown on the upcoming slate. This isn't Huawei's first tablet, but it may well be their first particularly respectable one. While it does appear it will ship with Android 5.1.1 - everyone sigh collectively - the tablet itself feels like a reasonably nice piece of hardware.
In its most basic form, the M2 comes with a modest 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, which is what we played with today. But 3GB/64GB models will also be sold, plus LTE variants, and ones with Huawei's Surface-esque stylus accessory, the M-Pen.
Huawei's latest flagship phone is official, but you won't be able to get it in the US. That didn't stop Huawei from showing off the new Mate 8 at CES today. It will, however, launch in more than two dozen countries in the first wave starting now. Pricing will vary by region, but it won't be cheap. The base 32GB model is about €599 with a 64GB upgrade for €699. Maybe that'll seem worth it when you learn this phone has a massive 4000mAh battery.
Huawei announced the GX8 back in September, and the device has thus far launched in a few European countries. Now, this phone is coming to America. Huawei expects to launch the GX8 here in the next few months. The pricing is currently set at $349.99.
Look, I know that we do the Samsung vs. Apple comparisons a lot, but it's not that often we get to talk about what would happen if Samsung and Apple got together for a little late-night action and popped out a co-designed device. If you've ever wondered what that might look like, the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 is probably a pretty accurate representation. And just for good measure, it has something that looks like a Surface Pen to go along with it. Pretty much every base has been covered here—at least Huawei isn't showing any bias.
All joking aside, it actually sounds a pretty decent tablet on paper…if you're still in the market for an Android tablet, anyway.
If you ask me, the Huawei Watch is one of the classiest Android Wear devices on the market right now. The stainless steel one with the mesh band on my wrist would duel you to death if you dared to disagree with that statement, and so would everyone who has seen it in person. But that doesn't mean that Huawei is resting on its laurels or not working on churning even better looking variants of the watch.
Fair play to Huawei for including a speaker on its self-titled Android Wear watch long before the software actually supported it. That being said, I'm sure Huawei Watch owners are wondering when their expensive gadget will have all of its parts activated so they can stop carrying around an extra quarter-ounce of extraneous electronics. According to multiple sources, that speaker will be activated soon, specifically whenever Google gets around to issuing the next version of Android Wear's firmware.
A user on Reddit says that he or she is currently using a test build of Android Wear on the Huawei Watch, and that the speaker is active with the new software installed.
When the details of the Nexus 6P started to leak, several colors were spotted: aluminum, white, black, and gold. As it turns out, the gold-colored version was exclusive to the Japanese market. We never found out why the gold phone isn't available elsewhere - a gold option has been popular for flagship phones across most major manufacturers for several years now. Whatever the reason, customers in India will soon have a crack at the gold Nexus 6P, courtesy of online retailer Flipkart.
Manufacturer Huawei posted a teaser for the gold-colored 6P on its Facebook page, which indicates that it will be exclusive to Flipkart in the region.
In the most recent update to the Huawei Watch, the company added a brand-new customizable face to the device. While you may note that there are plenty of watch face creation apps out there for Android Wear, Huawei's is a bit different. All of the customization happens on the watch itself, and the UI is dead simple - just pick and choose the elements you want, and you're off with a personalized layout.
While it's not the most robust customization we've seen for Android Wear, the simplicity and functionality of Huawei's tool is what really makes it shine. Anybody can figure this out, and it allows you to add just a touch of personal flare to your smartwatch if you find the built-in faces don't really suit you.