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Huawei’s Sub-Brand Honor Unveils 9X Smartphone

The smartphone comes with 6.59-inch Full View Display and comes packed with Dynamic Range Enhancer

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The Honor smartphone comes with 6.59-inch Full View Display and comes packed with Dynamic Range Enhancer, a video enhancement technology normally limited to premium smartphones. Wikimedia Commons

Refreshing its portfolio, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor on Tuesday launched its 9X smartphone with pop-up selfie camera at a starting price of Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM configuration.

The smartphone will be available for Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM variant in Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black colours starting January 19.

“Honor has always believed in raising the bar when it comes to empowering its consumers with the latest technology that resonates with their lifestyle. Our latest flagship offerings — Honor 9X, Honor MagicWatch 2 and Honor Band 5i, perfectly blends with the brand’s TechChic positioning and devise industry’s leading technologies,” Charles Peng, President, Honor India, said in a statement.

The handset maker also expanded its wearable portfolio in the country with the Honor MagicWatch2 and Honor Band 5i.

The MagicWatch 2 (46mm), will be available on Amazon India for Rs 12,999 (Charcoal Black variant) and Rs 14,999 for Flax Brown variant. Honor Band5i, available in Black colour, will be sold on Amazon India for Rs 1,999.

The Honor 9X features a 48MP AI Triple Camera setup with f/1.8 aperture and ½-inch sensor to boost image resolution and quality. The 8MP Super Wide Angle Camera (120 degree) on the device will help users capture a broad and extensive view, while the 2MP depth-assist lens will enable the depth of field recognition technology to create multi dimensional photos, according to the company.

To handle the limitations of night photography, Honor 9X is loaded with an intelligent all-in-one solution, offering AIS Super Night Mode, 4-in-1 light fusion technology and AI stabilisation.

The smartphone comes with 6.59-inch Full View Display and comes packed with Dynamic Range Enhancer, a video enhancement technology normally limited to premium smartphones. The back of the device features a unique X-shaped texture, which gives an elegant appeal to its design.

Meanwhile, the Honor MagicWatch 2 is made of 316L stainless steel — a material used in aerospace industry to offer high strength to weight ratio and less susceptibility to nicks and scratches from every day activities.

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Refreshing its portfolio, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor on Tuesday launched its 9X smartphone with pop-up selfie camera at a starting price of Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM configuration. Wikimedia Commons

The 46mm variant of smartwatch comes with always-on 1.39-in HD AMOLED display with 454 x 454 resolution at 326 PPI. Powered by Kirin A1 chipset, the intelligent and well-thought fitness and health monitoring on the 46mm smartwatch goes on for upto two weeks on a single charge, the company added.

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Honor Band 5i has a 0.96-inch Full Touch Colour display with 160×80 HD resolution. (IANS)

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Huawei to Build its First European Manufacturing Plant in France

Huawei to Build First European 5G Factory in France to Soothe Western Nerves

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A Huawei company logo at Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China. VOA

Huawei will build its first European manufacturing plant in France, its chairman said Thursday, as the Chinese telecom giant seeks to ease worldwide concerns stoked by U.S. charges that Beijing could use its equipment for spying.

Liang Hua said , the world’s biggest producer of telecom equipment, would invest 200 million euros ($217 million) in the first phase of setting up the mobile base station plant. He said it would create 500 jobs.

Huawei, which denies its equipment poses a security risk, is at the center of a storm pitting the United States against China over 5G, the next-generation mobile technology. Europe has become a major battleground.

Continental market

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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chairman Liang Hua speaks during a news conference in Paris, France. VOA

“This site will supply the entire European market, not just France’s,” Liang said at a news conference. “Our group’s activities are worldwide and for this we need a global industrial footprint.”

5G technology is expected to deliver a huge leap in the speed and capacity of communications and an exponential spike in connections between billions of devices, from smart refrigerators to driverless cars, that are expected to run on 5G networks.

It was not immediately clear whether Huawei’s decision had the blessing of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has courted foreign investors but also led warnings about Chinese encroachment into the European Union’s economy.

Liang said that the company had outlined the group’s plans to the French government. “This is not a charm offensive,” he said.

There was no immediate reaction from Macron’s office.

Early stages 

The United States has repeatedly warned European allies against allowing the Chinese firm into the continent’s 5G infrastructure. But European capitals are divided about how to deal with Huawei.

France has yet to start rolling out its 5G networks but the top French mobile operator, state-controlled Orange, has already chosen Huawei’s European rivals, Nokia and Ericsson.

Smaller operators Bouygues Telecom and Altice Europe’s SFR, whose existing networks rely heavily on Huawei, are urging Paris to clarify its position on Huawei.

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The Huawei logo is pictured at the IFA consumer tech fair in Berlin, Germany. VOA

France says it will not discriminate against any vendor but requires all suppliers to be screened so they can secure a green light from the cybersecurity agency, which is examining Huawei equipment. Sources close to the French telecom industry say they fear Huawei will be barred in practice even if no formal ban is announced.

Neighboring Germany is also struggling to reach consensus on the way forward. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives back tougher rules on foreign vendors but have stopped short of an outright ban on Huawei.

British plan

Britain has defied the United States by allowing “high-risk vendors” such as Huawei into nonsensitive parts of its 5G network but not what it describes as “core” components.

Washington has pressed London to reconsider.

The mobile base stations that will be manufactured in France are not considered core to 5G network infrastructure.

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Huawei accuses the United States of seeking to frustrate its growth because no U.S. company can offer the same range of technology at a competitive price.

The French plant will be Huawei’s second manufacturing facility outside China. It has a plant making smartphones in India but only has assembly plants elsewhere. The plant in France will generate 1 billion euros a year in sales. (VOA)