As it promised, Huawei introduced five new devices with 4G LTE connectivity during the Mobile World Congress 2014 held at Barcelona, Spain today. The Chinese wireless device manufacturer conducted a press conference to unveil the new products, which comprise of two small tablets (of phablets), a new smartphone, a new MiFi, and a net-connected watch or fitness tracker.
The company is obviously trying to make waves through its new products. The new devices are all interesting, coming from the third biggest smartphone maker in the world (based on sales in 2013, so it claims). Here are short descriptions of those new devices.
Phablets and smartphone
Huawei somehow tries to blur the lines between smartphones and tablets in its two new slates. The Huawei MediaPad X1 is a 7-inch phablet that comes with its own SIM card slot, which facilitates 4G LTE connectivity. As expected, the device could make and receive phone calls as well as text messages.
The MediaTab M1 is also more of an oversized smartphone than it is a small tablet. The 8-inch device is running on Android. It also comes with a SIM card slot to facilitate 4G LTE connectivity as well as making and receiving phone calls and text messages.
The Ascend G6 4G is Huawei’s newest 4G LTE smartphone. Its main outstanding feature would have to be the 5-megapixel camera at its front, which is logically made to facilitate better quality selfies. The handset measures 4.5 inches in height and comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. There is also an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Two other devices
At the same time, the company announced Huawei E5786, which it claims as the current fastest MiFi device in the world. A MiFi is a wireless router that acts as mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. It can connect any device to an LTE network of a designated carrier at download speeds of up to 300 Mbps. It can even connect up to 10 devices to the Internet at a time. With a 3000mAh battery, users could even charge other devices that are connected to it.
Lastly, as the company forays into the smartwatch league, it introduced TalkBand B1, a Bluetooth headband and at the same time a fitness tracker, rolled into one. The device can pop out of a wristband for the user to make a call. After the activity, it can be popped back in. The strap is the USB connector that facilitates charging and other connected activities.
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