Huawei has introduced a couple of mobile devices at their event at IFA 2015. Huawei is the first to bring pressure sensitive display to a smartphone.
Huawei just launched the Honor 7 in various markets and they are bringing a few new devices. The G8 is an upper mid-range smartphone decent specifications. It was first introduced in June but Huawei brought it to IFA.
The G8 packs a Snapdragon 615 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 3000mAh battery and a back mounted fingerprint scanner. The G8 is focused on camera capabilities so it packs a great 5.5″ 1080p display, 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5MP front facer. The primary camera has excellent low-light capabilities compared to its price range, the G8 starts at around $350 for the cheaper 2/16GB model. The exact pricing and availability is unknown.
The Huawei Mate S is a high-end smartphone with a 5.5″ 1080p display, aluminium design and a curved back that shrinks the thickness down to 2.65mm at the edges. The Mate S uses Huawei’s own 64-bit octa-core Kirin 935 chip and has 3GB of RAM and 32, 64 or 128GB or storage. It also has a fingerprint scanner on the back.
The biggest thing in the Mate S is the Force Touch like pressure sensitive screen. It’ll be available only with the 128GB model but it surely beats Apple to have the Force Touch.
Cameras are 13 and 8-megapixel and the device is nanocoded against water but it doesn’t have IP certification. The battery is 2700mAh and pricing starts at 649€ for the 32GB model.
Huawei also re-introduced the Huawei Watch that was already shown at MWC last spring. The Watch now has its final components and design as the MWC model was a prototype. It has a 1.4″ 400 x 400p AMOLED display, Snapdragon 400 SoC, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.
The Huawei Watch is very similar to the Moto 360 but the pricing starts at $349, $50 higher than the 2nd Gen Moto 360. The hardware button placement is exactly the same at the two o’clock position but the display doesn’t have the flat tire the Moto 360 has. That of course means that the bezels are larger.
Sources: Pocketnow, GSMArena, Technodify
The 2nd Gen Moto 360 comes in four different models and with Moto Maker treatment. The Sport model with interesting display is launching later.
Motorola has updated their Moto 360 lineup at IFA 2015. Unlike rumored previously, the Moto 360 doesn’t have the S or L letter after it, but customers can still choose the size they want. The normal 360 comes in three different models, the large one is the same 46mm diameter as last years but the small version and the women’s version have the smaller 42mm diameter. The women’s version also has a narrower band.
The only hardware button is moved up to two o’clock position to prevent unwanted pressing of the button. The most noticeable difference between the 2015 and 2014 models is the addition of the new external clips that the bands attach on. In the previous model the band was difficult to replace because the tiny pin used to remove the band were inside the device. Motorola has also added quick-release bands with easy to use pins.
Tech specs are more impressive than last year as the ancient TI OMAP processor has been ditched and the 2015 model has a Snapdragon 400 SoC with 512MB of RAM. The battery size depends on the size, the 42mm diameter watch has a 300mAh battery as the 46mm watch has a 400mAh one. Both sizes have 4GB of storage.
The Moto 360 is fully customizable with Moto Maker. In addition to size and width of the watch band, customers can also choose the bezel and case colors and change the band color and material. Prices start at $299 for the smaller model and $349 for the larger.
Motorola also introduced the Moto 360 Sport that will launch later with the Motorola AnyLight display. The display uses two different display technologies and chooses the better suitable for ambient conditions automatically. The normal LCD display is used indoors and in the conditions with a lot of ambient light, the display will reflect the natural light to improve readability in direct sunlight.
The Sport model also has a different design with rubber bands and sporty looks. It also has built in GPS and Motorola fitness apps.
Google has just announced that the Android Wear app is now available for iOS. IPhone users are no longer stuck with a square display at their wrists.
At the moment the only officially compatible Android Wear watch is the LG Watch Urbane but some have already got a Moto 360 working with an iPhone. The iPhone needs to be 5 or newer and run iOS 8.2 or newer.
Android Wear brings some new features that Apple Watch does not have like “OK Google” voice commands and a circular display. Mostly it’s still the same, notifications and lots of fitness applications at your wrist with poor battery life.
Sources: Official Google Blog, The Verge