Huawei intros Ascend G6 4G and MediaPad X1 with 150Mbps LTE, TalkBand B1 wearableAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Mobile World Congress is getting into full swing, and today Huawei contributed several new devices of its own to the new product pile in Barcelona.
First up, Huawei took the wraps off of the Ascend G6 4G, a new Android smartphone. The Ascend G6 4G features a 4.5-inch 960x540 display on its face as well as a 5-megapixel front camera with an 88-degree wide-angle lens, making it perfect for the selfie enthusiast. Around back is an 8-megapixel f/2.0 shooter with a Sony IMX134 sensor.
Diving inside of the Huawei Ascend G6 4G's 7.85mm-thick frame, we're met by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, NFC and 2000mAh battery. As its name implies, 4G connectivity is a major focus of the Ascend G6 4G, with support for speeds of up to 150Mbps included. Huawei also plans to offer a 3G version of the device that'll be known simply as the Ascend G6.
Huawei has chosen to load its Emotion UI 2.0 onto the Ascend G6 4G. This custom user interface offers "Standard" and "Simplicity" modes as well as unique features like multi-shot photo capture, a selfie preview screen, a voice-activated camera mode and over 1,000 downloadable themes.
The Ascend G6 4G is expected to launch in April 2014 in black with grey or gold highlights as well as a white version with pink or gold accents. Meanwhile, the Ascend G6 will begin rolling out in Q1 2014 in black, white, pink, gold and blue color options. No pricing details have been revealed.
In addition to its new Ascend smartphone, Huawei today took the wraps off of its new MediaPad X1 phablet, MediaPad M1 tablet and TalkBand B1 wearable. Here's the quick rundown on all three pieces of kit:
- MediaPad X1 (shown below): 7-inch 1920x1200 LTPS touchscreen, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, 5000mAh battery, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a unibody aluminum frame that's 7.18mm thick and boasts an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio. Wireless connectivity options include 150Mbps LTE Cat4 and support for Wi-Fi voice calls and SMS. Will launch in China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America starting in March 2014.
- MediaPad M1: 8-inch 1280x800 IPS display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5-megapixel rear and 1-megapixel front cameras, and a 4800mAh battery with a 7.9mm-thick unibody aluminum construction. Also includes 150Mbps LTE Cat4 and Wi-Fi calling and SMS support. Expected to be available in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia and Latin America starting in Q1 2014.
- TalkBand B1: Wearable device that features a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display, bendable curve design and removable Bluetooth 4.1 earpiece for phone calls. Tracks fitness stats related to steps taken, calories burned and sleep duration. Includes 90mAh battery that's estimated to charge in two hours and last for six days. Syncs with Android 2.3+ and iOS 5.0+ devices over NFC. Will launch in China in March 2014 and then head to Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe in Q2 2014.