News from China
Back in October, Huawei launched its foldable Mate X smartphone and the device is now available to buy in China. The Mate X, which unfolds to 5.8 inches wide, went on sale Friday on Huawei´s online store in China priced at 16,999 yuan (£1,900 / $2,422). Those who did not manage to buy a Mate X on Friday will get another chance on 22 November when a second batch will go on sale.
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Huawei is giving $389 million in cash rewards to staff helping it weather a US trade blacklisting. A company announcement circulated Tuesday on social media said 90,000 employees will share 2 billion yuan ($389 million), or about 22,000 yuan ($3,100) each. Huawei's 180,000-member workforce also will receive an extra month's salary.
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Huawei Mate 30 5G and Mate 30 Pro 5G went on sale in China today and the company sold 100,000 units in just one minute. The 5G variants proved to be a hit in China just as much as the non-5G models, allowing Huawei to rake in CNY 500 million per minute during the sale.
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Huawei has obtained China‘s first 5G base station network access license, showing that the company could support the country 5G rollout on a large scale and marks its official connection to public telecom commercial networks. The company is the first to be granted a license issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
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At a 5G conference held in Shenzhen, Huawei finally launched its foldable Mate X smartphone. Huawei Mate X was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona back in February, as a direct competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Fold.
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Huawei has launched a new generation of 5G mobile antennae, anticipating an acceleration in the pace of network upgrades led by the three operators in the Chinese home market. Huawei has pioneered the development of Massive MIMO - or multiple input and multiple output - antennae that feature arrays of transmitters and receivers to run fifth-generation mobile services.
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Huawei rolled out the first EMUI 10 beta in China last month, which is of course based on Android 10, and the company has started rolling out EMUI 10 beta two for the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro.
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Huawei has unveiled an industry-first fully containerised 5G core network at the 5G Core Summit in Madrid. The network aims to apply container technology to all network functions (NFs) to make network deployment more agile and provide more rapid service rollout, which helps carriers empower new businesses and operations across industries and digitally transform them.
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Huawei has opened its flagship store in Shenzhen where it sits in the Chinese city's MixC World shopping mall and is Huawei's first direct-sale store in the world. Customers can explore Huawei's latest and most comprehensive products, experience the fastest 5G connection, relax and meet up with friends.
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Huawei, China Eastern Airlines and China Unicom have teamed up to jointly introduce a 5G-based smart travel system at the new Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is scheduled to begin operations at the end of this month.
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Huawei has announced a new beta program for the EMUI 10 beta, which is of course based on Android 10. Interested users are able to sign up for the program and if accepted, they can test out the new EMUI 10 software on eligible devices.
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Huawei accused U.S. authorities on Wednesday of attempting to break into its information systems and of trying to coerce its employees to gather information on the company.
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An internal memo to Huawei staff sent by boss Ren Zhengfei warns that the company needs to go into "battle mode" to counter trade barriers put up by the United States. Ren said that although first-half results were healthy, some of this was due to sympathetic early payments by some Chinese firms.
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US technology companies will be allowed to continue selling to Huawei under certain circumstances, after the US commerce secretary extended a second temporary 90-day reprieve. Wilbur Ross on Monday said the Trump administration would extend a temporary licence for companies to sell to the Chinese company if they are selling repairs or updates to existing systems.
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Xiaomi today announced the Inter-Transfer Alliance group. Joined by Oppo, and Vivo, the three are teaming up on a cross-platform file transfer protocol, similar to Apple’s AirDrop.
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Huawei has unveiled two new smart televisions, the first products to use HarmonyOS, the company's own operating system. The televisions will be available from August 15 in China and marks the first use of HarmonyOS, chief executive George Zhao said, adding that it will be marketed by its mid-range brand, Honor.
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Huawei has unveiled its own operating system in China. HarmonyOS will eventually work across personal computers, smartwatches, cars, smart devices and mobile phones, according to the firm - but has primarily been designed for smart devices.