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We've seen Huawei Super Device thrown around since the company unveiled its fancy new ecosystem wireless capabilities earlier this year. Like other brands, Huawei makes everything from smartphones to desktop PCs, and as such is now in a position where select devices are able to communicate with one another.
This is no mere file transfer functionality. We're talking full-blown communications with the ability to swap files between devices, mirror display outputs, use specific hardware for stylus inputs, and more. And you can do all this simultaneously. In this piece, we're going to talk more about Huawei Super Device and how it works.
What is Super Device?
Huawei Super Device actually covers a number of features released and maintained by Huawei to allow for communication between brand devices. Highlight features include Drag to Connect, Multi-Screen Collaboration, AI Search integration, Huawei Share, Pop-up Pairing, and Multi-Device Files. Essentially, Huawei wants to create a single-user experience across multiple platforms.
Ever fancied yourself laying back on your office chair, feet up, doodling notes on your tablet, and seeing the results on your Windows 11 desktop PC? That's possible with a Huawei tablet, PC, and Super Device. It sounds pretty cool if you find yourself in a position where such functionality can Improve productivity or simply make it easier to manage multiple devices.
A Huawei PC and tablet is the ideal scenario for using Super Device in an office environment. Three options are available when connecting a tablet to a PC: extend, mirror, and collaborate. The first two options are very much like attaching a second display to a PC, extend will ... extend the desktop environment while mirror will recreate it on the second device.
Collaborate is more for those who need to move files between devices. When using a Huawei tablet with a PC, you can quickly transfer files on either device using the respective file manager. Begone, pesky USB drives! We can take this one step further with the Huawei stylus. The PC will read input from the tablet as you use the touchscreen, creating your own digital canvas.
Which devices are supported?
Huawei Super device isn't supported by all hardware. The company had to be careful in selecting devices to add support to ensure a pleasant user experience. Really, most recent devices launched by Huawei will have some form of Super Device support.
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2022
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020*
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2019*
Huawei MateBook X Pro*
Huawei MateBook X 2021*
Huawei MateBook X 2020*
Huawei MateBook X*
Huawei MateBook 16s
Huawei MateBook 16
Huawei MateBook 14s 2022
Huawei MateBook 14 2022
Huawei MateBook 14 2021
Huawei MateBook 14 2020*
Huawei MateBook 14*
Huawei MateBook 13s
Huawei MateBook 13*
Huawei MateBook 13s 2021*
Huawei MateBook 13s 2020*
Huawei MateBook E 2022
Huawei MateBook D 16
Huawei MateBook D 15*
Huawei MateBook D 14*
Huawei MateStation X
Huawei MateStation S*
*Denotes limited support. Huawei has a full list of devices that support various features as well as what limitations (if any) are placed upon said hardware.
How to set up Huawei Super Device
The process of setting up and connecting Huawei devices together is actually rather painless. Simply follow these steps on a Huawei PC:
Open Huawei PC Manager.
Go to My Devices.
Click on Connect.
Ensure your other Huawei device is turned on.
Select the Huawei device from the list of detected hardware.
Confirm the authentication prompts on both devices.
Enter the code on-screen that's displayed on the device.
Wait a couple of seconds.
Testing out Huawei Super Device
In order to effectively test Huawei Super Device, Windows Central was provided with some hardware. Executive Editor Daniel Rubino received the Huawei MateBook E and Huawei P50 Pro. I've been toying around with the Huawei MateStation X, Huawei MatePad 11, and the same phone.
Our good friends over at Android Central have already explained the good, the bad, and the ugly with the Huawei P50 Pro and the Harmony OS. We'll be focusing on how it integrates with Huawei Super Device and Windows 11 here. Connecting the MateStation X, MatePad 11, and P50 Pro together was achieved in but a few moments.
I managed to connect all three devices to the MateStation X using the Huawei PC Manager. As aforementioned, this opens up numerous possibilities through file transfers, screen sharing, and remote input. Using the stylus with the MatePad 11 is a joy and doing so to control Windows 11 from afar is an interesting experience.
This all works with Huawei's other hardware like printers, through pop-up connectivity. I wasn't able to test out this functionality, unfortunately, but the rest of the ecosystem works flawlessly. You will need to have some form of productivity requirement in the office or at home to really take advantage of all the included features.
It's even better for creatives who can actively use the portability and stylus input of a tablet with the performance of a laptop or desktop PC.
Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:12:00 -0600Daniel Rubinoentext/htmlhttps://www.windowscentral.com/hardware/huawei-super-deviceKillexams : Huawei Band 7 review
The Huawei Band 7 looks to be the company’s direct competitor to the likes of the Fitbit Inspire 2, and packs a lot of tech into a very small, and very affordable product.
It’s one of the best fitness trackers around right now, thanks to a combination of factors that belie its £49.99/$59.99 price tag (availability in the U.S. is through third-party sellers). It’s thin and light, but offers a bright, colorful OLED display that other cheaper bands simply cannot match. It's easy to read, presents metrics in a pleasing way, and just feels more useful in direct sunlight than other options.
-Two week battery life
-1.47-inch AMOLED display
-Weight: 16g without strap
There are drawbacks, of course — there’s no GPS, and because it piggybacks off of iOS and Android, it doesn’t have any third-party app connections. There’s also no way to store music on the device for listening to playlists while working out.
And yet, if you don’t mind carrying your phone with you on a run or to the gym, the Huawei Band 7 may just knock the Fit Inspire 2 off of its perch for anyone looking for a fitness tracker that won’t cost a lot, but doesn’t sacrifice features.
Price and release date
The Huawei Band 7 launched in May 2022 and is available at £49.99 or AUS$159. Sadly, availability is limited in the U.S., but we’ve seen some sellers offer it for $59.99.
Design and display
The Huawei Band 7 is available in Graphite Black, Nebula Pink, Flame Red, or Wilderness Green (our review unit is the latter).
Its design is a little squarer than the Fitbit Inspire 2, with a more rectangular face that incorporates some slimline bezels that are subtly hidden by the predominantly black display. And what a display it is too, with an AMOLED making colors ‘pop’ in every facet of the UI and the blacks remaining deep throughout.
There are a series of watch faces available, with each able to be tweaked in small ways. It’s not quite the same as you’d find on something like an Apple Watch, but we found ourselves swapping faces depending on the occasion.
Straps are swappable, with the device itself weighing just 16g without them. Unlike the Inspire 2’s capacitive ‘button’, the Huawei Band 7 offers a physical button which we preferred for being more reliable — particularly with sweaty hands. Still, it’s worth remembering that this could theoretically increase the chances of getting sweat inside the device and therefore limit its long-time usability.
To begin with the bad news, the Huawei Band 7 lacks any GPS functionality. This is a shame, and perhaps not too unexpected given the price point, but that does mean it’ll lean on a connected smartphone to do all of the heavy lifting with regard to location. Still, if you prefer to go for a run and take your phone with you anyway, it’ll be no biggie.
This would also be good because there’s no onboard storage for queuing songs or podcasts for your workout. It’s something even Fitbit has shied away from in recent years, so again, it’s not that surprising.
What is surprising, in a good way, is the number of sensors on offer here. There’s an accelerometer and gyroscope, but there’s also what Huawei refers to as TruSeen 4.0. The two-pronged tech assesses blood oxygen and heart rate at the same time, and the two run constantly if you choose – meaning no stopping to take an Sp02 reading. Considering blood oxygen tracking was only introduced to Apple Watch Series 6, which costs considerably more, its presence here is a huge boon for the Huawei Band 7.
The Band 7 also does a great job with sleep tracking, with TruSleep 2.0 helping track duration and sleep states in more detail than you’d expect for such a cheap tracker.
Everything is presented nicely on the Huawei Fit app, which works almost entirely the same as Fitbit’s — it’s a dashboard that users can dive deeper into with a tap.
Throughout testing, we ran the Huawei Band 7 on one wrist with an Apple Watch Series 7 on the other in order to check the step tracking. Across the board, from running to walking, from a pool swim to a cycle, the Band 7 didn’t skip a beat and matched the internal GPS of the Apple Watch while piggybacking off the iPhone’s GPS.
In fact, the only issue was the number of workout types available — your cardio staples are covered, as well as the option to tweak them further and create your own, but we’d have liked more options. If you’re a dancer, into combat sports, or something else that’s not covered here, you may be a little disappointed.
One area that exceeds expectation is the Huawei Band 7’s battery life. The Band 7 will last for an incredible two weeks, meaning it’s ideal for extreme workouts over the course of longer periods. Charging can be fiddly, though, and lacks the ease of the Fitbit range’s magnetic connectors.
For a fitness tracker newcomer, the Huawei Band 7 is an easy purchase. It lacks the more guided workouts of the Fitbit and the powerful third-party connections of something like an Apple Watch, but if you want to track your steps, find out how far you can run, walk, or cycle, and track your heart rate or blood oxygen level without needing to charge for two weeks, it’s ideal.
If this isn't for you
For more features (and a color screen), the Luxe offers the next step up in the Fitbit range, while the Versa 3 adds more sensors and expands more into smartwatch territory.
We’re hesitant to suggest the Apple Watch given that the Series 3 seems primed for the chop soon and there’s nothing Apple makes for iOS users at this price range, either.
Tue, 08 Nov 2022 07:47:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://www.livescience.com/huawei-band-7-reviewKillexams : Huawei Mate 50 Pro review: extraordinary photos, even without Leica
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is the latest smartphone in Huawei’s arsenal. This also happens to be the most powerful smartphone the company released to date. I’ve been using this handset for a while now, and quite frankly, it managed to surprise me. I always expect a lot from Huawei’s devices, but the Mate 50 Pro went above and beyond that. I was not quite sure what to expect in the camera department, following Huawei’s separation from Leica. I did spot some issues with the Huawei P50 Pocket and Mate Xs 2, while the Huawei P50 Pro offered a great camera experience. The thing is, the P50 Pro had Leica’s lenses and imaging prowess. So, I really didn’t know what to expect here.
It turns out the Huawei Mate 50 Pro is one of the best camera smartphones of the year. I was blown away by its performance in that area. Huawei obviously gave a lot of thought to its XMAGE camera imaging branding, and worked really hard this time around. The main camera on the phone is especially interesting. That’s not the only upside to this phone, though. I have a lot to say about it, so let’s get started. As per usual, this review will be separated into a number of sections, focusing on different aspects of the device, starting with its design.
Table of contents
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Review: Hardware / Design
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes in two design variants. One of the offers glass on the back, and the other vegan leather. All variants have a frame made out of metal. Having said that, we’ve used the model with a vegan leather back, thankfully. I, personally, am a fan of vegan leather, as it holds up well over time, and it’s nowhere near as slippery as glass. It’s also not as shatter-prone as glass is. So, this is definitely a win for me. The phone feels great in the hand, I cannot emphasize that enough.
When phones are as large as the Mate 50 Pro is, they can feel like bricks. I’m not a fan of gigantic smartphones, not at all. Before I started using the Mate 50 Pro for review, I used the ZenFone 9, and its size is one of the reasons why. To my surprise, the Mate 50 Pro felt much more compact in the hand, mainly due to its design and weight distribution. Huawei really nailed it here, and I’m not surprised. The weight distribution is spot on, and the phone actually feels lighter than 200 grams, even though it weighs more than that. Still, it’s hefty enough to feel quite premium.
The rear camera island looks really nice, and fits into the overall design
The rear camera island also looks quite nice, at least on this model. The brass accents combined with the orange back, make for a really nice combo. It’s definitely not my favorite combo, but it’s hard to deny it looks great. I got used to the notch up top really fast, especially when I’ve seen how well the facial scanning works because of it. More on that later, though. All in all, I really don’t have any complaints when it comes to the design. Huawei has been making some great-looking devices for years, so it definitely knows what it’s doing in that regard. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro both looks and feels great, and it is IP68 certified on top of that.
If you get the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, you will find a case in the box. Huawei included a regular, silicone aka gel case with the phone. It is see-through, and it’s nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. It’s not too loose when it’s on, it actually grips the phone really well. I’ve always found silicone cases to offer good grip (despite the fact they’re smooth-feeling), at least for me, and they’re very comfortable to use. So, you do get that for free. You can always get something fancier, of course, but this will keep your phone safe until you do.
Huawei also pre-installed a screen protector on top of the phone’s display and Kunlun Glass protection. I removed it immediately after I unpacked the phone, as I do that with every device. I want to use it without plastic on top of its display, to get a full feeling of how well the display looks, reacts to touches, and how prone it is to scratches. On top of that, I want to see how well the fingerprint scanner works without anything being lodged between the phone’s glass and my fingerprint.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Review: Display
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is equipped with a 6.74-inch 2616 x 1212 OLED display. This panel offers a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 300Hz touch sampling rate. You’re also getting 1,440Hz high frequency PWM dimming. The display is curved. That curve is not exactly subtle, nor is it to the level of waterfall displays. It’s somewhere in the middle. There is some discoloration on those curved sides, under certain angles, but when you’re looking at the display straight on, or at least close to it, it’s all good. That cannot be prevented, of course.
In every way, though, this display is excellent. It’s not only more than sharp enough, but the colors are excellent. The display is vivid, the blacks are deep, and the viewing angles are great. Touch response is also excellent, the display is very responsive. There are a number of additional options in the settings, though, if you’d like to mess with the colors and whatnot. That is standard practice for Huawei phones, but I’ve left it on default settings. Consuming multimedia is a joy here, though do keep in mind there is a notch present. It’s not exactly too tall, but it’s there. You can leave it be, or try to hide it with software, it’s up to you. There are granular settings available for that purpose.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Review: Performance
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is fueled by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, but a 4G variant of the chip. Due to the US ban, Huawei is unable to use the 5G model. In addition to that processor, the company included 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage inside the device. This is LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage, by the way. That sounds really nice on paper, right? Well, yes, and it translates to performance as well.
The Mate 50 Pro is very smooth in day-to-day performance, to say the least. Huawei’s animations are also spot on, they’re not jittery or anything of the sort. Opening and closing apps, consuming multimedia, heavy multitasking, browsing… and everything else you can think of, is a joy on this phone. Even when it comes to gaming, the Mate 50 Pro does not disappoint. That chip is immensely powerful, and with Huawei’s optimizations, things run very smoothly. Truth be said, we were kind of limited when it comes to game testing on the AppGallery, but any game we popped on worked really well. We’ve tried out 5-6 of them, though none of them were on the level of Genshin Impact in terms of hardware requirements. Either way, the Mate 50 Pro performed admirably.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Review: Battery
What we learned in the last couple of months is that the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a great chip when it comes to power consumption. In that regard, it is superior to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, by a significant margin. So, does that apply to the Huawei Mate 50 Pro as well? Yes, it does. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes with a 4,700mAh battery, and offers great battery life, to say the least.
During my usage, I didn’t have to charge it during the day once. It managed to last throughout the day even during the most intense usage scenarios. Full disclaimer, I am not much of a gamer, and all I do is test performance with a bunch of games, and then simply don’t play games anymore. I do a lot of other things, ranging from a ton of web browsing and messaging, to image editing, streaming multimedia, podcasts, and music. Well, and basically everything else you can imagine, including taking pictures, and so on. This phone managed to get through all of that and last me until the very end of the day. I usually unplug devices at 7 AM and use them until midnight.
Google app emulators do drain extra battery
I did sideload a bunch of apps that were not available in the AppGallery, and also used GSpace (to a degree), which we’ll talk about in the software section. I tried to use it as less as possible, though, as it tends to drain the battery.
It offers truly fast wired & wireless charging
When it comes to charging, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro is well-equipped. The phone supports 66W SuperCharge, and a charger for the phone is included in the box. The device also supports 50W SuperCharge wireless charging. I’ve tested that as well, but not on Huawei’s charger. It seems to work on HONOR’s wireless charger, and it charges at 50W. That worked out brilliantly, actually.
Using Huawei’s official wired charger that is included in the box, I managed to get to 46% in 15 minutes. I reached 80% in only half an hour. At the 40-minute mark, the phone was fully charged and ready to go.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Review: Camera
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes with a really interesting camera setup… well, its main camera is by far the most interesting. Huawei opted for a camera with a variable aperture here, and it’s not something we’ve seen before. Sure, we’ve seen variable aperture in phones before, a couple of times, but not implemented in this way. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro has a 50-megapixel main camera which offers a variable aperture between f/1.4 and f/4.0. Huawei actually named this setup the “Ultra Aperture XMAGE camera”. The ‘XMAGE’ part is basically the company’s new imaging brand, as they are no longer partnered up with Leica.
We’ll get to that camera soon. Let’s first see what else is on offer here. A 64-megapixel telephoto camera is also included, and it offers a 3.5x optical zoom. A 13-megapixel ultrawide camera also sits on the back of the phone. That camera also doubles as a macro camera, and it does a wonderful job, more on that later. On the front, a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera is located, along with a ToF 3D sensor. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro also has advanced facial scanning thanks to that setup.
The phone’s main XMAGE camera setup is the star of the show
That being said, let’s talk more about the main unit. This is a 50-megapixel camera (Sony’s IMX766 sensor, 1.0um pixel size, 1/1.56” sensor). It has a Quad-Bayer RYYB color filter, and a stabilized 24mm lens. That lens offers a variable f/1.4-f/4.0 aperture. The camera will set the aperture automatically, and it does a great job at that. If you want to dial things in manually, though, you can, in Pro mode. You can adjust it in 10 different steps, as you please. The camera itself offers amazing performance. It also uses high-quality digital zoom of up to 3.5x, while the telephoto camera takes over for everything higher than that.
The performance you can get from the main camera is outstanding
So, I mentioned that the images from the main camera are truly excellent. I was a bit surprised, even though I hold Huawei to a high standard. The loss of Leica didn’t really impact this phone. This is the best implementation of variable aperture I’ve seen in a phone. Having that system allows the phone to adjust to basically all conditions, regardless of whether it’s day or night. During the day, the phone takes amazing photos with great detail, and depth of field. You can simply increase the aperture in order to get more bokeh in a shot, it’s great.
You’re getting 12.5-megapixel images by standard, through pixel binning. There’s no noise in these shots, they offer a really nice contrast balance, and there’s plenty of detail here as well. The dynamic range is outstanding, it finds a great balance, as some phones go overboard. You’re not going to get fake-looking shots here, and by that, I especially mean HDR shots. The Huawei Mate 50 Pro really excels. The colors are great, and the white balance is also… well, balanced. Even when it comes to foliage and shots where there are a lot of tiny details to pick up, this phone excelled, which is very difficult to do.
The phone also shines in low light, even in auto mode
What about low light for the main camera? Well, the quality is very high, in fact, it’s right up there with the quality of daytime shots. You don’t even need to use low light mode here, actually, even though one is included. Only if you’re in really pitch dark situations it can help, otherwise, simply let the phone do its thing. The images will end up looking more lifelike, and less yellowish if you keep it on auto mode. Best of all, the phone is really fast to take those shots, as you’re not using night mode. I cannot emphasize how great that feels.
The phone simply lowers the aperture to f/1.4 for low light shots, and you’re getting almost no noise, and plenty of detail as a result. The colors are excellent, and so is the dynamic range. It also manages to keep images contrasty, which is hard to do in such conditions. If you do opt to switch to the low light mode for some shots, you’ll have to wait for a couple of seconds for the phone to take the shot, which is not bad either.
For the ultrawide camera, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro uses a 13-megapixel sensor, which sits behind a 13mm f/2.2 lens. It does support autofocus, and it’s also used for macro shots. Now, the results from this camera are also great. You’ll get a great amount of detail in daylight, and almost no noise, or now noise in some cases. It also offers great dynamic range, and good contrast. On top of everything, it keeps the colors in line with the main camera. We did have one major issue, though, with focusing. The ultrawide camera does great in most cases, but in some scenes, it simply refuses to focus, at least in a timely manner. It focus-hunted quite a few times, which can be annoying. That’s the only downside, though.
In low light, it does a good job, in most cases. You’ll get a bit less detail than from the main camera, and you will need to reach for the night mode more often. It’ll take the phone about 4 seconds to take such shots with the ultrawide camera. You will get more detail and sharper images overall if you do that, however. The images won’t look as nice as from the main camera, though.
You can use it for macro photography
Where this ultrawide camera truly excels, however, is macro photography. It automatically switches to the macro mode, which you can switch off directly from the viewfinder. Now, the macro mode works really well, though if you really want to take great closeups, you can simply switch it off and get up to 3cm from a subject. That’s how you’ll get truly amazing results. If you really do need to get closer, though, you can use the macro camera. As I said, it works really well, but not as great as without it. Either way, this is one of the best implementations I’ve seen. Do note that the macro mode doesn’t work well in low light, of course.
The telephoto camera is good enough
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro uses a 64-megapixel telephoto camera. You can tap between 3.5x and 10x zoom on the viewfinder, or simply zoom in manually. The phone actually does a great job up to 10x. Photos above that are usable, and in some cases, even good, but up to 10x is the sweet spot. The quality, of course, won’t be the same as with regular shots, as you’ll get less sharp photos, but there’s not much to complain about here. Do not hope to take great-looking zoomed-in shots in low light, of course, that’s where every camera takes a step back, even though at times those are also usable.
The images from the selfie camera are great, especially in good lighting. The same goes for the portrait mode for the main camera. Neither of these will disappoint, and you can get some great-looking shots. The loss of the Leica partnership is not really reflected on this phone, as Huawei managed to figure things out. Its XMAGE camera system is truly outstanding. I did find myself using the main camera (and ultrawide for macro photos) for over 95% of the time, as it’s that good.
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro also does a great job with video recording
When it comes to video recording, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro can record at up to 4K at 60fps with all of its cameras. You get OIS on main and telephoto cameras, while IES is present on all cameras. The results from the main camera are excellent. Even when it comes to intricate details with foliage, it did great. The contrast, colors, and everything in between is good, the same goes for stabilization. The ultrawide camera did a great job as well, though the colors were not consistent with the main camera. You can also use the telephoto camera for video, just don’t zoom in too high, as the quality decreases faster than it does for photos. If you plan on using video recording in low light, I’d recommend sticking with the main camera, as it does an amazing job.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Review: Software
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro ships with Android 12, and Huawei’s EMUI 13 skin on the global version. It does not have Google services, but it does come with HMS, Huawei’s very own alternative. Let’s get that out of the way first, shall we. If you’re an avid user of Google services, chances are you won’t be interested in this phone. If you use a couple of apps, and you need them from time to time, there are emulators such as GSpace that do a good job. There’s also a Lighthouse app which is only available in some regions at the moment, but we were unable to test it out at the moment.
If you’re not addicted to Google apps, there are a ton of apps available in Hauwei’s AppGallery, though there are still a lot of popular ones missing. You’ll be able to sideload many of those, and they will work fine, unless they specifically require Google services in order to work. You can get them thanks to Huawei’s Petal Search, which will search some APK repositories, such as APKPure. You can always grab the APK Mirror app, and so on. I managed to get everything I needed running on this thing, except for Google apps, natively. GSpace did a good job, but not perfect. I was unable to update some apps, and it did drain the battery more than I’d like, so I quickly got rid of it.
EMUI 13 does pull some inspiration from iOS, for better or worse
EMUI 13 on its own works really well. Unfortunately, though, Huawei opted to separate the notification shade from the quick toggles shade, as did Apple. So, you’ll have to swipe up from the top-left side in order to access your notifications, or use the lockscreen for that. Double-tap to lock is not available, but there’s a screen lock widget in the system. You also cannot swipe down anywhere on the screen to access the notification shade, as that action launches an app search, and there’s no way to change that.
EMUI 13 does offer stacked widgets, unlike most Android phones, and it has some great widgets in general. It has advanced folders which you can utilize in order to stuff a ton of immediately-clickable apps in there, without even opening folders. You can even supersize folders, if you want. Let’s just call them smart folders.
The always-on display feature is available
The always-on display feature is available, and you can also obtain different AOD themes if you want. The ‘Super Device’ functionality is also available, which will come in really handy if you have more than one Huawei device. There also some customization options for the homescreen as well, and a number of Huawei apps. Apps such as Gallery, Music, Health, File Manager, Petal Maps, Browser, and more are available. AI Lens, AI Touch, Tips, Today, and Search functions are also on offer. Huawei’s theme store is also on offer, and you can also minimize apps into windows, and use split-screen mode if you want. There are some useful gestures for that. We’re only scratching the surface, EMUI 13 does offer a lot of functionality and it’s really fluid.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Review: Biometrics & IR blaster
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro does come with both facial scanning and fingerprint scanner biometric security functions. The thing is, unlike the vast majority of other Android devices, the Mate 50 Pro does offer advanced, 3D facial scanning, more similar to what iPhones offer. That is the main reason why it has a notch up top. You’ll be glad to know that using its facial scanning is great, and I used it way more than a fingerprint scanner during my review. Not because the fingerprint scanner is bad, not at all, but because I wanted some change, and this served me perfectly.
Facial scanning works great in all conditions
Facial scanning works great in both good and bad lighting. Once you set it up, you’re ready to go. You can also choose whether you want the phone to activate it when you pick it up, or not. You can set it to activate once you double-tap the display, for example, which is what I used. You can also set if you want it to unlock straight to your home screen, or hang around on your lockscreen so that you can read your notifications, which is what iPhones do.
If you prefer an in-display fingerprint scanner, this one is amongst the best ones
Is the fingerprint scanner any good, though? Yes, it’s excellent. Huawei has a lot of experience with in-display fingerprint scanners, and basically never disappoints. It is using a really good optical unit here, and it unlocks really fast, while it’s also quite accurate at the same time. It almost never missed reading my finger. It works as well as OnePlus, OPPO, or Vivo’s implementations do, which is a compliment, as flagships from those companies offer outstanding in-display fingerprint scanners.
So, no complaints here. When it comes to biometrics, the Mate 50 Pro is probably the best-equipped phone out there.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Review: Should you buy it?
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is not for everyone, of course. Not a single phone out there is, basically. It does have a lot of positives, but there are also some negatives to consider. We’ve listed both at the beginning of the review, but we also wanted to double down here. Just to help you make a purchasing decision, basically. I’ll highlight who this phone’s for, basically, via the bulleted list below.
You should buy the Huawei Mate 50 Pro if:
You don’t really care about Google apps
You want a phone that is completely free of Google services
You want one of the best camera experiences out there
You really liked using Face ID on your past or present iPhone
You want one of the best in-display fingerprint scanners on the market
You want a large display in a phone that doesn’t feel as bulky as the competition
You need immensely fast charging, both wired and wireless
You shouldn’t buy the Huawei Mate 50 Pro if:
You rely on Google services
You don’t appreciate larger devices
You use a ton of apps that are not available in the AppGallery
Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:05:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.androidheadlines.com/huawei-mate-50-pro-reviewKillexams : Huawei to showcase advanced solutions in Cyprus
Huawei Cyprus on Tuesday announced that the European tour of the Huawei 5G Roadshow 2022 will also include Cyprus, with this year’s event being centred around how 5G networks can be applied in a private capacity.
This will be the second consecutive year in which Huawei’s roadshow will be visiting Cyprus.
The event, which is titled ‘5G Mobile Private Networks’, will take place on December 5-8 on the University of Cyprus’ campus between 9am and 5pm, allowing visitors to discover and familiarise themselves with Huawei’s innovative products and services.
The centrepiece of the event involves Huawei’s demo truck, which contains the aforementioned technological solutions.
“The introduction of 5G has brought a new era in telecommunications and the dynamics of fifth generation networks can transform many more industries,” the company said in a statement.
“The advantages of 5G, such as high transmission speeds, ultra-fast response times and high reliability, can be exploited by organisations operating in various sectors by deploying a 5G mobile private network,” the statement added, noting that by deploying a 5G Mobile Private Network, an organisation can operate more efficiently and more securely.
What is more, the company said that 5G Mobile Private Networks are being installed at a very fast pace in Europe and within the next 5 years they are expected to continue experiencing substantial growth.
Huawei participates in a large number of such projects, with the 5G Roadshow 2022 allowing it to showcase the company’s technologies and solutions in Cyprus.
Visitors to the 5G Roadshow 2022 will be able to see first-hand how a 5G Mobile Private Network can transform the way industries operate, as Huawei’s demo truck is equipped with its own 5G Mobile Private Network.
In addition, real-world examples of 5G Mobile Private Networks applications in different industries will be presented at the event site.
According to the company, the small-scale use cases demonstrated as part of the Huawei 5G Roadshow 2022 are derived from the manufacturing, chemical, shipping and cement industries.
5G mobile private networks are used in the aforementioned fields to perform quality control using artificial intelligence, remote machine control, as well as logistics automation.
“Augmented reality is another technology that is being adopted at a rapid pace,” the company said, noting that “by combining Augmented Reality with a mobile private 5G network, it enables seamless collaboration from anywhere, thus eliminating distances within an organisation”.
The company explained that the unique technological advantages of 5G mobile private networks will have a crucial role to play in the digitisation of Europe’s industries.
“The aim of Huawei, one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technologies worldwide, is to contribute to the acceleration of the digitisation of European industries through the use of fifth generation networks,” Huawei said.
“This year’s Huawei 5G Roadshow themed “Mobile Private Network” comes to highlight the power of 5G to both the industry and the Cypriot public,” it concluded.
Tue, 29 Nov 2022 17:00:00 -0600Kyriacos Nicolaouen-GBtext/htmlhttps://cyprus-mail.com/2022/11/30/huawei-to-showcase-advanced-solutions-in-cyprus/Killexams : Huawei Watch D
There’s no getting around the Huawei Watch D’s main selling point, which is that it’s the first watch with blood pressure monitoring technology. This watch doesn’t just use an estimation based on a laser sensor; the Watch D incorporates an real blood pressure cuff inside the watch band.
It’s a neat trick, a physical piece of hardware as opposed to yet another nondescript sensor, and I absolutely love the tactile nature of it. It’s the first thing in a long while that has me excited to show off my watch, kind of like a clip-on addition to a phone or a handheld games console from days of yore.
You can set timed reminders on your watch to make sure you take your blood pressure at regular intervals as part of a blood pressure management plan. The watch will register whether your blood pressure is elevated, low, and alerts you to the potential of a hypertensive crisis.
The watch isn’t medically certified and isn’t making diagnoses, but a Huawei spokesperson I chatted with explained that an alert is an indication to visit the doctor, rather than a medical-grade device on its own. This is the same official stance other companies like Fitbit and Apple take with their ECG functions, so no surprises here.
But there’s more to the Band D than the blood pressure cuff, and under the hood is a solid fitness watch with plenty to recommend it. It’s relatively feature-rich, and the Huawei Health app is comprehensive, with loads of great functionality. It’s a great watch, if not quite as feature-rich as the Garmins, Apple Watches and best running watches it’s vying against at its price point. The Watch itself is also remarkably boxy and unsightly, to be honest.
Huawei Watch D: Price and availability
The Huawei Watch D is available for £349.99 in the UK, with extremely limited availability in the US and Australia due to the ongoing dispute with China and its handling of data. It’s a good watch, but the £349.99 price tag puts it up there with some iterations of the best Apple Watch and Garmin’s mid-tier watches.
Huawei Watch D: Design and screen
Ugly and boxy
Screen and interface are great
Let’s get this out of the way: the Huawei Watch D is ugly. It’s big and boxy, and sticks out horribly on the wrist, reminiscent of a calculator watch. 13.6mm deep doesn’t seem like a lot, but in practice, it’s the watch at its thinnest point, not at its thickest. It’s not a watch you’ll be wearing for style points. The size of it means that if the silicone strap is even slightly loose, the watch tends to move noticeably during runs.
However, it’s not too heavy — weighing 41 grams — just big. The case is black aluminium and graphite, so the watch feels and looks premium despite the design choices. The black band containing the blood pressure bladders is thick, but it sits comfortably on the wrists.
It’s not designed for looks, but for use, and it’s simple enough. The two-button design is simple to use on the fly, and I’m glad it’s got tactile buttons as they’re so much easier to use during workouts than touch-screens, which can be interrupted by sweat.
The 1.64 inches AMOLED color screen is great, big and bright and easy to see in light and dark environments alike. The interfaces of both the companion app, Huawei Health, and the watch’s UX are easy to use, although the watch attaches the “workout pause” function to the touchscreen rather than either of the two buttons, which are earmarked as “Home” and “Health”.
The wide silicone strap has a fabric inner, which is what contains those blow-up bladders used for the blood pressure technology. As previously mentioned, it’s a reassuringly physical design, but the dual-layering means sometimes during sweaty runs, the fabric slips if it’s slightly too loose, or itches if it’s slightly too tight.
Huawei Watch D: Features
Good health-tracking features
70+ workout profiles
Expected more at this price
The Huawei Watch D is good, but not overly feature-rich. The Health app offers comprehensive breakdowns of your sleep tracking, step count, blood pressure and heart rate data and organizes the information into historic graphs so it’s easy to read the trends. It’s good at providing actionable advice based on your data, although some of it was a little trite.
My light sleep score was a little high, so Huawei Health suggested cutting caffeine after midday, exercising more, and choosing suitable bedding. None of this advice feels particularly tailored to my needs, and I’ve read the same complaint on hundreds of blog posts.
The workout recommendations are better, especially in the running stakes. Huawei Health can take your data from the Watch D and provide detailed training plans and recommended workouts for any distance from 5K up to a full marathon.
The Watch D has 70+ workout profiles, a pretty comprehensive setup, including pool and open-water swimming. The Watch is IP68 protected against dust and water, making it safe to take for a dip.
The Watch can take ECG data, offers skin temp, stress tracking and blood oxygen in addition to Huawei’s TruSeen 5.0 heart rate monitoring tech. All of these can be triggered either manually, or be instructed via the app to collect the information automatically at certain points in your day.
It’s a good activity watch that does all the things you might expect it to do, but for its size, and its price point, you might expect a little more. There’s no music storage, only music control; no extra smart technology such as the Training Readiness or Body Battery scores of other brands; and it becomes quite clear after a few days that you’re paying extra for the still-new blood pressure attachments.
Huawei Watch D: Performance
Love blood pressure technology
Excellent battery life
Daily Check-In seems invasive
The blood pressure technology is amazing, and I loved it. Huawei claims the Watch D “features a margin of error within ±3 mm Hg, made possible by a high-precision pressure sensor, meticulous pressure feedback controls, and less air-resistance”. We haven’t yet measured it against a medical-grade blood pressure cuff, but my BP was exactly within the range I expected it to be, and the data was consistent. It even includes a guest mode, because Huawei rightly guessed you’re going to want to excitedly strap the watch onto the wrists of your friends, family and spouse to show them what it can do.
The GPS during runs was accurate, for the most part, with a 0.3m/km difference in average pace when measured against the Apple Watch Ultra during a jaunt around Hyde Park. There was a slight difference in heart rate, probably due to the two watches being on different wrists, but both graphs matched up. I’d be comfortable relying on the Watch D for casual runs, but probably not for exact race times.
Elsewhere, the battery is excellent, with the Watch D lasting beyond its advertised seven-day limit with only light GPS and workout usage. It wasn’t always sleep tracking — because I’ve got a terrible habit of taking my watches off at night — but when it was, it offered the usual cocktail of light sleep, deep sleep, REM and times awake, matching up well with self observation, hardly draining the battery at all.
The Daily Health Check-In feature is an encouragement to monitor your blood pressure, check your weight and so on each day, and it’s useful to help the watch build up a baseline, but I dislike this insistence on checking these things daily: for many people, this can ironically lead to unhealthy habits. I would have liked to see something like Garmin’s Morning Report, which is far more useful. The Morning Report is specially geared towards detailing how you should train for the day while giving you other bits of important info like the weather.
I’m convinced that anyone using the Watch D will get a really comprehensive overview of their health. I can also see the blood pressure tech filtering its way down to other devices and brands in the shape of optional add-on bands (sold separately, of course). However, as a lifestyle companion, the Watch D didn’t grab me because of its uninspired design and high price point compared to other watches with similar features.
Performance score: 4/5
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First reviewed October 2022
Tue, 08 Nov 2022 23:53:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://www.techradar.com/reviews/huawei-watch-dKillexams : Huawei HarmonyOS Is Spreading Like Wildfire
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Tue, 08 Nov 2022 11:10:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.gizchina.com/2022/11/08/huawei-harmonyos-is-spreading-like-wildfire/Killexams : Huawei founder: “there's no way the US can crush us: we are more advanced”
Huawei Technologies founder Ren Zhengfei said “there’s no way the US can crush us”, according to an interview he gave to BBC. “The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit,” he said.
Ren also said the arrest of his daughter and Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is politically motivated. “Firstly, I object to what the US has done. This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable,” Ren told the BBC.
Canada arrested Meng on December first at the request of the United States. Meng was charged with bank and wire fraud to violate American sanctions against Iran.
The US Justice Department denied the charges were politically motivated.
“The Justice Department’s criminal case against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is based solely on the evidence and the law. The Department pursues cases free of any political interference and follows the evidence and rule of law in pursuing criminal charges,” spokesman Nicole Navas said in an e-mail to Reuters.
Huawei, along with another Chinese network equipment company, ZTE Corp, has been accused by the US of working at the behest of the Chinese government. The United States has said their equipment could be used to spy on Americans. Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims.
Commenting on the spying concerns, the Huawei founder reiterated that the company will “never undertake” any spying activities.
Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, with the United States calling for its allies not to use its technology.
Ren said the company could downsize to weather such attempts by the United States.
“If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine. And if the North goes dark, there is still the South. America doesn’t represent the world. America only represents a portion of the world,” Ren said.
”The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they (US) persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit“.
In comments on a potential ban in the UK, Ren said it would not make the company withdraw its UK investments, adding that it will shift its investments to the UK from the United States if US actions against Huawei continue.
”We will invest even more in the UK. Because if the US doesn't trust us, then we will shift our investment from the US to UK on an even bigger scale,” Ren told the BBC.
On Monday it was reported that British security offcials do not support a full ban of Huawei from national telecoms networks despite US allegations against the Chinese firm.
Mon, 14 Nov 2022 14:14:00 -0600text/htmlhttps://en.mercopress.com/2019/02/20/huawei-founder-there-s-no-way-the-us-can-crush-us-we-are-more-advancedKillexams : Huawei teases a smartwatch with built-in wireless earbuds
As convenient as wireless earbuds can be, you typically have to carry a case around to store and charge them. Wouldn't you rather free up your pocket? Huawei thinks so. As The Registernotes, the Chinese brand has teased a Watch Buds smartwatch that includes earbuds you charge beneath the dial. Official details will have to wait as the company has delayed a winter consumer launch event slated for today, but there are already some clues as to how this oddball design will work.
Huawei Central has obtained photos indicating that the earbuds attach to the underside of the dial and sit in recesses when the watch is closed. The design is similar to that of the Watch GT series, complete with a steel case and leather strap, and reportedly runs Huawei's in-house HarmonyOS. While the specs aren't available, it won't be surprising if there's a large battery when the watch has to power both itself and the buds.
An early hands-on video from QSQTechnology, meanwhile, suggests that the earbuds attach to the watch through magnets. The buds' design is unremarkable, and doesn't look especially comfortable — this is about convenience more than anything.
It's not certain when Huawei will formally announce the Watch Buds, nor is it clear which countries will get them. We definitely wouldn't count on a US launch given Huawei's persona non grata status. However, it won't be surprising if there's a market for the design. You could listen to music on a walk without carrying anything beyond your smartwatch, and you'd never have to worry about misplacing a charging case.
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Tue, 06 Dec 2022 00:02:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.engadget.com/huawei-watch-buds-teaser-150018091.htmlKillexams : How Washington chased Huawei out of Europe
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Huawei is giving up on Europe.
The Chinese telecoms giant is pushing out its pedigreed Western lobbyists, retrenching its European operations and putting its ambitions for global leadership on ice.
The reasons for doing this have little to do with the company’s commercial potential — Huawei is still able to offer cutting-edge technology at lower costs than its competitors — and everything to do with politics, according to interviews with more than 20 current and former staff and strategic advisers to the company.
Pressed by the United States and increasingly shunned on a Continent it once considered its most strategic overseas market, Huawei is pivoting back toward the Chinese market, focusing its remaining European attention on the few countries — Germany and Spain, but also Hungary — still willing to play host to a company widely viewed in the West as a security risk.
“It’s no longer a company floating on globalization,” said one Huawei official. “It’s a company saving its ass on the domestic market.” Like most of the other Huawei employees interviewed for this article, the official spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely describe the company’s travails.
Huawei’s predicament was summed up by the company’s founder Ren Zhengfei in a speech to executives at the company’s Shenzhen headquarters in July. He laid out the trifecta of challenges the company has faced over the last three years: hostility from Washington; disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic; and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which upended global supply chains and heightened European concerns about over-dependence on countries like China.
“The environment we faced in 2019 was different from the one we face today,” Ren said in his speech, which wasn’t made public but was seen by POLITICO. “Don’t assume that we will have a brighter future.”
“We previously had an ideal for globalization striving to serve all humanity,” he added. “What is our ideal today? Survival!”
‘The moment globalist Huawei died’
As the company goes into hibernation in the West, it’s sidelining or pushing out the senior Western managers it hired just a few years ago to counter the U.S. assault on its business.
“Westerners were listened to,” one Huawei official working in Europe said. “This is no longer the case … No one is listening.”
Huawei’s Brussels office — once a key hub for the company to lobby against European restrictions on its kit — has been folded fully into European management, now headquartered in Düsseldorf.
The office this summer lost its head of communications, Phil Herd, a former BBC journalist who joined the company in October 2019 at the start of its pushback against political pressure in Europe. The office has also recently lost at least three other key staff members handling lobbying and policy. (Tony) Jin Yong, the chief representative to the Brussels institutions, is now in charge of government affairs across Western Europe and spends most of his time in the Düsseldorf office.
In London, Huawei’s U.K. Director of Communications Paul Harrison left his role in October, with other officials leaving around the same time. Harrison joined Huawei from a senior news editing job at U.K. broadcaster Sky News in 2019.
In Paris, the company’s Marketing and Communications Director Stéphane Curtelin left his role in September, the local magazine Challenges reported. Before then, the Paris office lost its Head of Government and Security Affairs Vincent de Crayencour, a veteran French cybersecurity official with extensive government experience who joined Huawei in 2020. The company’s Chief Representative of the Paris Office Linda Han also left her role before the summer.
In Warsaw, the company’s local PR manager Szymon Solnica departed Huawei in September. “The crises I’ve dealt with on a daily basis in recent years were colossal ones,” he wrote in a LinkedIn post announcing his departure.
Huawei officials speaking in authorized interviews dismissed the departures as regular turnover. “There is a fluctuation always in companies, not only in Huawei … Some people are leaving and some other people are coming,” a spokesperson for Huawei Europe said in an authorized interview last week.
But others in the company privately acknowledged the departures reflect a radical shift that began in September 2021.
“The moment Meng got off the plane was the moment the globalist Huawei died,” one official said.
As the daughter of the founder — and the presumptive heir to the company’s leadership — Meng had played a key role in the legal and public relations fight between Huawei and Washington. Since returning from Canada, she reached Huawei’s top ranks as deputy chairwoman at the company’s headquarters and triggered a corporate reshuffle at the top.
(Catherine) Chen Lifang, who led the firm’s global communications department during the height of American pressure, was moved off the board of directors and into a role on the supervisory board.
The global comms department is now represented on Huawei’s board by Peng Bo, known in Europe as Vincent Peng, the former president of Huawei’s Western Europe region. Peng’s ascendency is part of the company’s efforts to move its European operations closer to Shenzhen.
The agenda to streamline public affairs in Europe is led by Guo Aibing — a former journalist for Bloomberg News in Hong Kong. Guo was parachuted into Europe and is executing cuts and consolidation of the firm’s lobbying and communication across the Continent.
The company is also restructuring its activities in Europe. The company’s plans — previously unannounced — are to consolidate the entire Continent into just one area of operations, headquartered in Düsseldorf.
Huawei currently divides the Continent into two markets: Western Europe, run from Düsseldorf; and Eastern Europe and the Nordics, with a top executive based in Warsaw.
The restructuring “will help us to bring more synergies within the whole European business operation; will bring more value more directly to our customers here in Europe,” said the Huawei Europe spokesperson.
Broadly, the company’s staffing levels, currently around 12,000 people, will remain “stable,” the spokesperson said.
The company is also retrenching elsewhere, according to Ren. “We will supply up markets in some countries,” the firm’s founder said in his speech this summer. “For example, we will supply up markets in the Five Eyes countries and India.”
The “Five Eyes” refers to an intelligence-sharing arrangement between the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All five countries have banned or are in the process of banning Huawei and other Chinese companies from their critical infrastructure because of security concerns.
Instead, Huawei is concentrating on its domestic market, which accounts for a large proportion of global 5G and where Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia are struggling to maintain market share.
Huawei’s strategic retreat is remarkable for a company that until recently poured millions of euros into lobbyists and PR campaigns in an effort to expand and maintain its European foothold.
Throughout most of the 2010s, Huawei was considered by many in Europe to be a friendly face among the tech firms cuddling up to power. Peculiar in its approaches, yes, but cordial and — to many — beneficial to the Continent’s interests because it increased competition and cut the price tag on the next generation of telecoms networks.
The company became known for its generous gift bags, often including a Huawei phone, and lavish parties in glamorous venues featuring fancy buffets and dance performances — like its reception celebrating the Chinese new year at the Concert Noble in Brussels.
Glitzy bashes later became part of a supercharged response to political headwinds from Washington over concerns that the Chinese-built telecoms infrastructure poses a serious security and spying risk.
Those headwinds started blowing under U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration but reached hurricane force following Donald Trump’s election. By 2019, the company was under American sanctions, with Ren’s daughter Meng in Canada awaiting the result of a U.S. extradition request.
Keith Krach, a former under-secretary of state in the Trump administration, recalled how Washington was “hitting the panic button.”
He recalled asking European ministers about their relationship with China. “And they’d say, ‘Well, they’re an important trading partner’ and all that. And then they looked at both sides of the room, there’s nobody in the room, and whispered to me: ‘But we don’t trust them.’”
To navigate the geopolitical storm, the firm offered six-figure salaries to top operators across the Western world. It assembled a high-caliber team of former Western journalists and politicians with direct lines to places of power like the Elysée and Westminster, POLITICO learned from several who received such offers.
Initially, the gambit seemed to work.
Huawei’s message — that the U.S. itself posed spying risks and that Washington’s aggression was driven by economic interests — gained traction, particularly in places like Germany, where Trump proved a useful foil.
“The case that Trump made was almost more counterproductive,” said Thorsten Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. Huawei also received support from big telco operators, who saw value in the cheap equipment combined with responsive customer service.
By the beginning of 2020, Huawei seemed to have weathered U.S. calls for all-out bans. On January 28, then-U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the company the green light to build part of the country’s 5G infrastructure. Just a day later, the European Union presented a plan to shift away from over-reliance on Chinese vendors but left the door open for Huawei to lobby national governments to keep market access for its technology.
Then came the pandemic. With the coronavirus originating from Wuhan killing thousands, Trump ramped up his anti-China broadside in May 2020 with fresh sanctions against Huawei that basically cut off their supply of semiconductors.
By July, the U.K.’s Johnson completely reversed course and announced all Huawei equipment would have to be stripped from British 5G networks, even as the government estimated the move would delay the rollout of the technology and add half a billion pounds in costs.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, European governments including France, Sweden, Romania, the Baltic countries, Belgium and Denmark either banned Huawei equipment in key parts of the country’s 5G network or required its operators to wean themselves off its kit in the medium term.
Huawei’s smartphone business — once on its way to challenging Apple and Samsung in Europe — meanwhile was crushed by U.S. sanctions that cut its devices off from Android, the Google-owned operating system.
Putin changes the calculus
These setbacks were painful, but they weren’t yet considered fatal. Trump’s election loss and the ebbing of the pandemic in Europe seemed to offer an opportunity for a counteroffensive.
At the beginning of 2021, Huawei’s Brussels lobbyists were still optimistic that Europe’s hunger for cheap, speedy 5G installation would win out over security concerns. They even had meetings lined up in the European Parliament to make their case.
Those meetings got canceled on February 24, the day Putin launched his all-out invasion of Ukraine. For many in Europe, the risk-benefit calculation regarding Huawei had changed overnight.
“The biggest change I’ve seen came from the realization that we’re dependent on Russian gas — especially in Germany,” said John Strand, a telecoms analyst who has tracked Huawei’s market impact in Europe for the past years. “It begs the question: What’s worse, being dependent on Russian gas or on Chinese telecoms infrastructure?”
Under President Joe Biden, pressure on Huawei only increased, and Washington’s warnings now come from a more sympathetic messenger. In October, the European Commission issued a fresh warning against using Huawei technology to underpin 5G networks, and the U.K. government reaffirmed its requirement to strip Huawei equipment from British telecoms infrastructure.
The company’s travails have knocked the legs from underneath its lobbying efforts — and eaten into its market share.
Before the pandemic, the company regularly hosted European politicians, journalists and business leaders at its Shenzhen headquarters, a massive campus with buildings in different European architectural styles showcasing its global ambitions.
China’s zero-COVID policy made that impossible.
The company for years was the biggest spender at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s largest telecoms industry event. This year, the company’s on-the-ground presence was a pale imitation of previous showings, which it used to launch new products with razzle-dazzle and astronomical marketing budgets.
But perhaps no high-flying event illustrates the extent of the turnaround than the World Economic Forum in Davos, which once counted Huawei among its main sponsors. On January 21, 2020, just a week before Johnson sided with Huawei over Trump, Ren was onstage at the alpine resort, discussing the future of AI with “Sapiens” author Yuval Noah Harari.
The next year, the global gathering of political power players and financial titans in Davos was, thanks to the pandemic, canceled. When it reconvened in the summer of 2022, Huawei top chiefs missed the gabfest. Under Beijing’s zero-COVID policy, they couldn’t leave China.
Geopolitics hits the balance sheets
The firm still has a solid share in some big national markets, among them Germany and Spain, industry analysts say.
A 2020 study by Strand Consult — still the most comprehensive public overview of Huawei’s footprint in Europe — showed just how deeply the Chinese firm was ingrained in European markets: In 15 out of 31 countries Strand studied, more than half of all 4G radio access network equipment (RAN) came from Chinese vendors.
But in many of these markets, authorities have imposed measures forcing operators to phase out or at least significantly limit the use of “high-risk vendors” — commonly understood to be state-affiliated Huawei and the Chinese military-linked telecom ZTE — in coming years.
These are beginning to bite.
In the early race to implement 5G, Huawei outpaced its rivals in Europe. However, as of early last year — right as European officials were changing direction on 5G security — Sweden’s Ericsson overtook Huawei in market share of new European sales of radio access networks, according to proprietary figures compiled by boutique telecoms research firm Dell’Oro, shared with POLITICO by an industry official. Radio access networks make up the largest chunk of network investment and include base stations and antennas.
The latest update, from the second quarter of 2022, showed Ericsson at 41 percent, Huawei at 28 percent and Finnish Nokia at 27 percent. This includes new sales of base stations and antennas across 3G, 4G and 5G — some of which is part of running contracts with operators.
For 5G RAN specifically, the shift is even clearer: Huawei lost its initial position as market leader at the start of the rollout; it now provides 22 percent of sales, with Ericsson at 42 percent and Nokia at 32 percent in Europe, Dell’Oro estimated.
Industry analysts say Huawei’s move to consolidate and scrap key public affairs roles could hurt the company in countries where it still has skin in the game: Most importantly, Germany, Italy and Spain. In these large European markets, governments have been slow to impose measures on “high-risk vendors” — and particularly slow and soft in enforcing them.
Europe’s largest operators, like Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, also have running contracts with Huawei, meaning the Chinese firm is at least still providing maintenance and keeping networks running — and potentially still supporting parts of the 5G rollout.
But in Germany, at least, Olaf Scholz’s new government has taken a more critical stance on Chinese technology. This month, Economy Minister Robert Habeck — who has taken a hawkish approach to China — formally blocked Chinese investors from buying a German chip plant over potential security threats.
Huawei, of course, hasn’t completely given up on Europe.
Those still giving the company face time in Brussels this summer were presented with a weighty gift bag.
In addition to glossy hardcovers from the company’s PR operation — with titles like “Choose a Smarter Future: A contribution to Europe’s next digital policy” and “Ten Years of Connecting Europe” — the bag contained a memoir by Frédéric Pierucci. A former executive with the French infrastructure manufacturer Alstom, Pierucci was arrested by the FBI on bribery charges in 2013 — just as the American conglomerate General Electric was negotiating to take over Alstom’s nuclear operations.
Titled “The American Trap,” the book argues that its author was a hostage in Washington’s secret economic war on its allies.
“One after the other, some of the world’s largest companies are being actively destabilized to the benefit of the U.S., in acts of economic sabotage that seem to be the beginning of what’s to come…” reads the publisher’s summary.
It’s a narrative with deep appeal inside the company, and one that creates a natural rapport with other governments that see themselves as standing up to liberal superpowers. As Huawei searches for friends on the Continent, Hungary — increasingly in opposition to the rest of the EU on how to engage with China and Russia — remains a vocal ally, and the company is leaning into that relationship.
This year, in September, Huawei’s CEE & Nordic region unit held its annual Innovation Day event in Hungary, home to the company’s largest European logistics center.
On the banks of the Danube, tech entrepreneurs schmoozed in English and Hungarian, with some Chinese and German mixed in, over made-to-order coffee and plentiful canapés at Budapest’s cupola-topped Castle Garden Bazaar.
Inside the conference hall, bilingual hosts teed up mini-documentaries about protecting local salmon breeds in Norway and preventing floods in Hungary. Small business execs highlighted drones that monitor crops in Austria and potential forest fires in Greece, all on Huawei 5G networks.
With simultaneous translation available in Hungarian, Huawei featured research it commissioned from the Economist Intelligence Unit reiterating Europe’s laggard status on 5G use and implementation. It was an implicit reminder that dismantling Huawei’s infrastructure will have real consequences.
But the company also highlighted what it hopes will be a bigger part of its portfolio: products less likely to inspire security concerns, like inverters for solar panels.
“Huawei is committed to the vision of a green Europe,” said Jeff Wang, the company’s current head of public affairs and comms, in a video address to the Budapest crowd, where he noted the 10 years he spent working on the Continent.
For weeks leading up to the event, Huawei officials were pushing to get Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to speak. While that didn’t pan out, Orbán sent one of his top lieutenants — Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó — to deliver a message.
“We are not going to discriminate [against] any investing company because of their country of origin,” Szijjártó said. Budapest will stand firm against “international pressure” he added, to block “the presence of Huawei here in Hungary.”
Radoslaw Kedzia, Huawei’s vice president for the CEE & Nordic region (and the first non-Chinese to achieve CEO status inside the company, in the Czech Republic in 2015), said there was no political calculation behind the double-down in Hungary.
“Let’s not demonize us, OK? We are like any other company,” Kedzia said.
If a business assessment offers the “prospect of the next 10-20 years of stable operation, then you think it is good to concentrate some of your resources in that particular country,” he added.
Likewise, the European spokesperson insisted, Huawei communicates with every country in the “same way, on the same level.” The company focuses on technology and does “not engage,” he said, in “political games.”
One thing is certain: When it comes to the great European game, Huawei has lost — and sent all its political players home.
Peter O’Brien, Elisa Braun, Stuart Lau and Matt Honeycombe-Foster contributed reporting.
Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:07:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.politico.eu/article/us-china-huawei-europe-market/Killexams : New Huawei Buds Watch revealed – wtf have we just seen?
A hands-on video of a new Huawei concept smartwatch has appeared online – and this could be one of the maddest wearables we’ve seen for years.
The scoop by Huawei Central, coming straight out of China, shows a pretty normal-looking Huawei smartwatch, with a major twist.
In the video, the smartwatch screen flips to reveal a pair of Huawei earphones inside the case.
It would be an extremely useful way to carry headphones, rather than have the charging case in your pocket all day. It would save the risk of them getting lost or forgotten, and just the physical co-joining of watch and buds could encourage listening from the wrist.
However, there’s still so much we haven’t seen.
Firstly, it seems implausible that the Huawei Watch Buds are the same thickness of a normal Huawei Watch – and the videos seem carefully curated not to show the depth.
The slots inside the case reveal that they could be small cylindrical buds, but whether they match up to the comfort, sound quality, and battery life we expect is a mystery.
Then there’s the question of charging. Not many people would supply away vital smartwatch charge for their headphones.
Huawei has generally offered over a week of battery life on its smartwatches, so if any brand could take up the challenge of powering two wearables in a single device, we’d bet on the Chinese behemoth.
It comes off the back of the Huawei Watch Cyber, which features a case that detaches from the band. It seems that Huawei is trying out some wild concepts, to see if it can pre-empt the next generation of smartwatches.
Tech brands regularly produce concept designs, so we’re not sure this will ever see the light of day – especially outside of China. But it’s a really interesting take on the idea of a smartwatch, and we’ll be following this closely.
James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a technology journalist for 15 years.
He started his career at Future Publishing, James became the features editor of T3 Magazine and T3.com and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Wareable in 2014.
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