China Based Huawei Introduces Five New Devices, Eyes U.S. Market

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Chinese smart device maker Huawei unveiled a raft of new products at the GSM Association Mobile World Congress (MWC) over the weekend in Barcelona.

The company is the world’s third largest maker of smart phones and tablets right now, and that’s all without much activity in the U.S. But that may change soon. The company unveiled a smartphone, a 7-inch phablet, an 8-inch tablet, a mobile hotspot, and a wrist activity tracker at the event. Company leadership said that making headway in the U.S. is its next goal, according to a Reuters report.

If Huawei can eventually gain a footing in the U.S. market, it could be a boon for small business owners who feel they’re spending too much on technology. Huawei devices are known for their affordable prices but few mobile carriers are actually offering the phones and tablets.

At MWC, the company unveiled its new smartphone, the Ascend G6 4G. The new smartphone features a 4.5-inch LCD display, weighs 115 grams and is 7.85 millimeters thick. It  features a 5 megapixel front-facing camera and an 8 megapixel camera mounted on the rear of the device, too.

The company is also planning a 3G version of the Ascend G6 smartphone in a few weeks and 4G version available starting in April. There was no word on pricing but one review suggests that it could retail for about $330 US.

In addition to the smartphone, Huawei also unveiled its new 7-inch phablet device called the MediaPad X1 and an 8-inch tablet called the MediaPad M1.

Businesses might use the devices as a way to keep connected in an ever more mobile work environment. The company calls the MediaPad X1 the slimmest 7-inch phablet of its kind. It weighs 239 grams, is 7.18 millimeters thick and has a 13MP rear-facing camera. But it’s uncertain when the device will be available in the U.S.

The 8-inch MediaPad M1 is touted as an entertainment device, But it is loaded enough to get work accomplished, too. The device supports multi-window display so you can stream video while getting some work done at the same time. The device also has fast download and built in WiFi routers. The device will come to developing countries first before hopefully being available in the U.S.

Huawei also introduced its first mobile WiFi hotspot device, the Huawei E5786.

The company also unveiled its first wearable device, the TalkBand B1. It has a curved 1.4-inch screen and fits around the wrist. It can make and receive voice calls and can be synced to compatible Apple and Android devices.

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Joshua Sophy - Staff Writer


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering technology and business news. He is a journalist and editor with 15 years experience in media. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Joshua also serves as President of the Board of Directors of a curling club and is editor of a regional newsletter focused on the sport of curling in the Eastern U.S.

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  1. Anita Campbell

    I have a Huawei smartphone and love it!

  2. Good for this company branching out and offering new products. I look forward to seeing how they compare to current offerings in the US.

  3. I agree. Huawei is now offering gadgets at an affordable price. Even though it may not be as durable as others (so they say, I don’t have proof of this though), the constant change in gadgets which occurs almost every year is enough to convince people to shift to a cheaper option. For me, I’m okay with a gadget as long as it is able to fulfill its purpose.

  4. Joshua Sophy

    I’d really like to see how these devices perform and if the company can finally make inroads in the U.S. market. They seem to be priced right.

    I don’t expect too much from my phone. Perhaps that’s because of age (it depresses me saying that sometimes) but I don’t think my phone needs to run my life, as long as it does what I need it to do. That’s probably why I’m still using a phone that’s more than two years old and clearly lacks the specs of some of these high-end devices.

  5. Haven’t heard of Huawei before, but their products look good to me. If their products are fairly affordable and of good quality, then I hope the US market is one of the places they make it into — the UK market too.

  6. The market’s getting hot. Customer is the winner in the end.

  7. I will gladly pay more for durability and a stable device over trying to save money and having a problematic device that I might have to replace more often.

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