Well, well, well. If you thought Huawei, the Chinese handset manufacturer who unveiled the gigantic 6.1-inch Ascend Mate and the 5-inch 1080p Ascend D2 at CES this week was done with their flagship portfolio for 2013, you couldn’t have been more wrong.
Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu, revealed at CES earlier today that the company would be showing off a Super slim Android phone, supposedly from their P-series at the Mobile World Congress or MWC event at Barcelona next month. And when Yu said Super Slim, he really meant it, as the new P-series handset is expected to come in at under 6.45mm thickness with a metallic body. Now that’s pretty slim, considering Alcatel’s recently announced One Touch Idol Ultra slims out at 6.45mm.
In addition to the P-series, Yu also revealed to Engadget that Huawei plans to release an 8-core processor in the second half of 2013. The new octa-core chip would be based on the Cortex A15 architecture and would be Huawei’s contender against the likes of Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa and the Nvidia Tegra 4, both of which were announced a couple of days ago at CES. The new chip would either be the HiSilicon K3V3 or a sister chip, manufactured by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company)
Earlier this week, Huawei announced the Ascend Mate, a 6.1-inch monster, along with the Ascend D2 which is a 5-inch FullHD 1080p display phone powered by Huawei’s 1.5 GHz HiSilicon processor. Huawei has traditionally been known in the US as a seller of budget, low-cost devices. But with these new devices, it appears that Huawei is gearing up to change its image to that of a manufacturer which produces powerful high-end devices as well, and try to get a piece of the Android smartphone pie in the US market, which is currently dominated by the likes of Samsung, HTC & Motorola.
It remains to be seen whether or not Huawei will succeed in its venture, but one thing is for sure, they have certainly succeeded in piquing consumer interest towards their devices and will be going all out to solidify their positioning in the high-end smartphone space this year.