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#1 Hum

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 15:59

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Huawei, a Chinese company that recently became the world's third-largest maker of smartphones, calls its new flagship product "the fastest smartphone in the world" and wants to use it to expand global awareness of its brand.

Parts of the presentation of the phone at a press conference Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, suggest that the company has some way to go in polishing its pitch for a global audience.

Richard Yu, head of Huawei's consumer business group said the new phone can be programmed to display more than 100 different "themes," or looks. This is important because "ladies like flowers, colorful things," Yu said.

Yu also said Huawei is learning from Apple how to make Google's Android software easier to use, a lawsuit-friendly utterance considering that Apple is on a global campaign to sue makers of Android phones for copying from the iPhone.

The new phone, the Ascend P2, will have a 4.7 inch screen. Yu said it will be available in the April to June time frame for about $525 without a contract. It's the "fastest" because it supports faster download speeds than other phones. However, today's wireless networks aren't equipped to supply those speeds.

Huawei Technologies Ltd. was the world's third largest seller of smartphones, after Samsung and Apple, in the fourth quarter of last year, according to research firm IDC. That's despite selling very few phones in the U.S., where the big phone companies mostly ignore it. It has a much better position in Europe, where cellphone companies have embraced its network equipment, and France's Orange is committed to selling the phone.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 16:54

A phone can only be as fast as the network it runs on, so "fastest smartphone in the world" holds little practical meaning in this case.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:17

They don't tell you that the phone gets so hot that it burns your hand. :laugh:

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:20

It probably will be, the fastest dropped phone :p

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:24

Because of all the things I need a phone to be it's faster :/

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:29

Wish phone companies would concentrate more on battery life. Phones are fast enough ATM.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:53

i agree w/ battery life

so what good is the fastest download speed if you cant use it?

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 20:57

Look at Razr. specs sell, battery doesn't.

Blame all the idiots who buy Android handsets and keep buying faster ones all the time, because you know.. android doesn't lag ;) SGSII says hi

Problem is of course that the handset makers don't optimize android for their hardware and then t lags because no matter how fast the CPU is android can't use it. meanwhile Sony take time and optimize android and runs 10 times as smooth on far lower hardware, and gets **** because they don't release new versions fast enough, meanwhile their ICS Xperia S runs faster and smoother than an SIII on JB.

The time when people and salesmen stop pushing specs can't come fast enough, but then OEM's won't have anything to sell their phones with so that won't happen.

i agree w/ battery life

so what good is the fastest download speed if you cant use it?


Honestly, download speed don't make sense for me on mobiles either. Super 3G is fast enough for anything you need a phone for. phone surfing and mobile broadband tethering. what on earth do you need LTE on a cell phone for.... downloading linux distros to your phone...

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 21:12

Look at Razr. specs sell, battery doesn't.

Blame all the idiots who buy Android handsets and keep buying faster ones all the time, because you know.. android doesn't lag ;) SGSII says hi

Problem is of course that the handset makers don't optimize android for their hardware and then t lags because no matter how fast the CPU is android can't use it. meanwhile Sony take time and optimize android and runs 10 times as smooth on far lower hardware, and gets **** because they don't release new versions fast enough, meanwhile their ICS Xperia S runs faster and smoother than an SIII on JB.

The time when people and salesmen stop pushing specs can't come fast enough, but then OEM's won't have anything to sell their phones with so that won't happen.


SGSII lags very little. I have used one for a couple weeks. Stock. Smooth. Lags very little if at all. I have seen the same problems/lag with several people's iPhones while scrolling thru contacts or pictures. Never really had a big deal with the minor lag older Androids had anyway. So what, takes a split second longer to load a screen. Its not a game killer or a big issue at all.

And love how you called people who buy Android idiots..... /s

Honestly, download speed don't make sense for me on mobiles either. Super 3G is fast enough for anything you need a phone for. phone surfing and mobile broadband tethering. what on earth do you need LTE on a cell phone for.... downloading linux distros to your phone...


So no one uploads photos/videos while using 3g/4g? Android handsets also have Torrent clients and I know people who download files that way. Not to mention using phones for your personal email and downloading large attachments

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 21:21

Look at Razr. specs sell, battery doesn't. Blame all the idiots who buy Android handsets and keep buying faster ones all the time, because you know.. android doesn't lag ;) SGSII says hi Problem is of course that the handset makers don't optimize android for their hardware and then t lags because no matter how fast the CPU is android can't use it. meanwhile Sony take time and optimize android and runs 10 times as smooth on far lower hardware, and gets **** because they don't release new versions fast enough, meanwhile their ICS Xperia S runs faster and smoother than an SIII on JB. The time when people and salesmen stop pushing specs can't come fast enough, but then OEM's won't have anything to sell their phones with so that won't happen. Honestly, download speed don't make sense for me on mobiles either. Super 3G is fast enough for anything you need a phone for. phone surfing and mobile broadband tethering. what on earth do you need LTE on a cell phone for.... downloading linux distros to your phone...


Didn't know sony optimized android for their phone, but then again, probably all manufacturers have to do some in-customization, to what extent, like you said, probably sony goes teh deepest.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 21:36

It probably will be, the fastest dropped phone :p


Apple already won that contest :p :p

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 00:47

Yu also said Huawei is learning from Apple how to make Google's Android software easier to use, a lawsuit-friendly utterance considering that Apple is on a global campaign to sue makers of Android phones for copying from the iPhone.


I can see where Apple's next lawsuit will be aimed. :D

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:16

And love how you called people who buy Android idiots..... /s



Actually I didn't, only the ones who buy from terrible OEMs who don't optimize the software and who then go on and keep buying new models with better top end spcs because they have to have the fastest because their phone isn't fast enough, and then they go on forums and brag about how android doesn't lag, yet they're still waiting for the SGSIV to be even faster....

So no one uploads photos/videos while using 3g/4g? Android handsets also have Torrent clients and I know people who download files that way. Not to mention using phones for your personal email and downloading large attachments


Sure they do. Ad the couple of seconds it takes to upload a photo with 3G badly warrants the absolute need to have LTE. 3 is already fast enough for large attachments and all that crap. And tormenting on our ponies just ridiculous anyway.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:20

Aren't all Huawei phones, in fact, botnet nodes, designed to increase China's ability to hack American servers and pinch American IP?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:20

Probably has the world's shortest battery too :rofl: I don't care so much for speed anymore, as others have said that is greatly dependant of the network/carrier your on and in terms of general speed most modern handsets are plenty fast already. Battery tech is the new holy grail, whoever can nail that will be king of the smartphones. As to using Apple as inspiration? Well Apple calls that stealing their hard work and their lawyers will be calling Huawei shortly....