Huawei Premia 4G now available at MetroPCS
Hardware details include a 4-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera. Falling somewhere between the ZTE Avid 4G and the LG Spirit 4G, the Premia 4G should appeal to first-time smartphone buyers.
While the handset does run an older version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich is still modern enough to hold its appeal. As an affordable smartphone capable of 4G data speeds, the Premia 4G features Joyn by MetroPCS, as well as access to Rhapsody Unlimited Music service.
The Huawei Premia 4G is available in stores and online beginning today for $149.99 and can be paired with rate plans starting at $40 per month.
Yeti, Sasquatch, and Ghost, one of which could be the next Google X phone and that's it so far for today folks!
Microsoft looks to be recruiting for Windows Phone 9 just in time for the next holiday season and looks to be using Nokia and HTC with Qualcomm per the norm. Motorola looks to have a new mystery device with mid range specs coming soon as well. Oh and how about this concept phone up top courtesy of Phone Arena and Apple Conspiracy. That's a nice looking concept phone. In other news we have the delay of the HTC One and Sim City Fiasco. Look for an live update tomorrow for Samsung's event in New York and thanks for reading!
You can't go to a tech show without running across booths showing off the next great display that can be bent, rolled, twisted and flapped around. We've been hearing about digital newspapers, magazines, etc. on such devices for the last decade, with really nothing to show for it. While the idea of a smartphone roll-up is a neat thought, unless Samsung, Qualcomm and alike have some crazy technologies up their sleeves to make flexible processors, RAM, modems, etc. I'm pretty certain something like this is a long way off.
Another issue with the screen technologies being used to hit these resolutions is the fact that they all use glass. Glass is part of the major basis of IPS panels as it requires treated plates of glass to make the technology work. The current AMOLED technologies are also reliant on glass, although they could be made to work with any transparent surface layer. While the implementation of Gorilla Glass has made a huge impact on scratches, chips and even some level of hard impacts, screen breakage is still a major problem with current smartphones. I sometimes miss my old Nokia with the plastic screen that you could drop from 10ft off the ground and it would survive 9 out of 10 times!
So, what are companies doing to address these issues...the ones that really matter. Enter PHOLED technology. PHOLEDs or Phosphorescent Organic Light-Emitting Diodes are similar to other OLED technologies, but in one regard. They use a phosphorescent dopants, which allow for converting nearly 100% of quantum energy generated by the the organic decay versus 25% in current fluorescent dopants. This means that in theory, PHOLED displays will be 4x as efficient as current displays. If your display makes up 30%-40% of your consumption, you can expect to get 25%-30% better consumption. Additionally, PHOLED displays do not rely on a glass substrate, so flexible materials could be used as the surface layer to eliminate breakage issues.
So what's the catch? Well, PHOLED displays aren't really that new. The technology has been around for a while, but as with all OLED displays, the organics have a limited operating life. PHOLEDs have much larger variance between colors, and the lifetime numbers are lower. The table below is a sample table showing the aging effects on each PHOLED color. So what does this mean? Well, as the display ages, the luminosity of each color may fade unevenly, creating color distortion in the display. In the case of PHOLEDs, the display could potentially start to shift in color over the course of a few months of use. Obviously this is not ideal.
So while PHOLED technology isn't exactly ready for prime time, the geniuses at Samsung have figured out a nifty way to include this technology in their next device. In short, the GSIV is rumored to be replacing a single color in their display with PHOLED technology, specifically the Green-Yellow. This color has similar life to that of current AMOLEDs, so color distortion should be small and easily correctable. Now, this approach does not give the 4x improvement in efficiency for the entire display, but doing a little nifty math...
This should at least bring screen consumption back under 1W, and give a few hours extra life to the GSIV, a big step in the right direction. Future versions (maybe in the GSV?) could be able to do the same with red, making another large step in reducing consumption. This may push OLEDs back into the forefront of energy efficient displays once again. Only time will tell.
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Huawei get SAP HANA approval
Huawei continues its enterprise push
This week's CeBIT trade show illustrated how serious the Chinese vendor is about making its mark in the enterprise sector. Buses ferrying people between the halls were plastered with the company's ads, and its 900-square-meter stand was filled with servers, storage and networking equipment.
But big news from Hanover was that SAP has certified Huawei's Tecal RH5885 V2 server for use as a HANA appliance. HANA stores information to be processed in-memory, instead of moving it on and off of disks, which speeds up performance, according to SAP.
Huawei accounted for around 5 percent of server volumes in Asia Pacific during the last three months of 2012, but its share in Europe, the Middle East and Africa was less than 1 percent, according to Gartner's data.
Growing that to meaningful volumes won't be easy. The server market in Europe is very mature and highly consolidated, with the top three vendors accounting for nearly 75 percent of volumes, according to O'Connell.
"New vendors not only have to contend with the challenges of setting up a business operation across the geography and then scaling it, but also convince users that they provide a better option than vendors that they've been working with for a long time," O'Connell said.
To succeed, Huawei could learn a thing or two from Cisco Systems, the last vendor that managed to break into the server market, according to Giorgio Nebuloni, research manager at IDC.
"It should learn from Cisco's focus on ISVs. It started with VMware, and has expanded with SAP, Microsoft and Oracle to create communities around the different software platforms," Nebuloni said.
The deal with SAP is a step forward for Huawei, but it needs a whole ecosystem of software partners. If that isn't in place it might be able to sell some boxes, but not whole enterprise solutions, according to Nebuloni. It also needs to build out a channel and work on improving its brand, he said.
Getting a foothold in the storage market may turn out to be easier for Huawei. While the server market is very consolidated, the storage sector is more fragmented and growing faster.
"You still have lots of innovation going on. So with disruptive technologies you can innovate and gain a larger share," Nebuloni said.
Like any company Huawei wants to play off its strengths when entering the enterprise sector, and for Huawei that's networking. That the company decided to place its CeBIT booth in the networking hall is no coincidence.
Again execution and channel expansion are the keys to success. Huawei is aware of this and has prioritized partnerships with the enterprise business branches of several European telecommunication operators, to whom it is already a strategic partner by supplying telco network equipment, the company said.
For Huawei, the Enterprise division is still only in start-up mode, as it was created just two years ago.
So I have decided to give straight talk a try and see how well the service is for a month. Currently it's a service provided by Walmart and runs off either at&t or T mobile network. I will follow up with a full review in a month. Happy weekend viewers!
People every day ask me why I am interested so much in technology and my friends all know that the only answer is one thing. It's just that cool. This very moment I am blogging away from my phone using SwiftKey keyboard and am barely having to use anything other than my index finger to write this post. I'm amazed at the ease of use it is to just wake up and download an app and just go. With that said I ask you, the reader, what is it that makes you love, live, have warm fuzzy feelings for technology? In other news Samsung is prepping for the release of the Galaxy S IV and more leaks of screenshots can be seen today. Get ready because it's going to be a good next couple of weeks!
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