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Huawei’s New Tablet, Phone & Smartwatch Offer Australians Excellent Value for Money

Posted by on September 30, 2015 at 8:36 AM

The rising star within the smart technology world is planning on hitting Australian shores with force. Huawei, the Chinese tech company announced on the 29th September 2015 that it would soon be launching its long awaited smartwatch, phone and tablet here in Oz. If you are unfamiliar with the company then expect the tech review channels to be filling their columns with reviews of the Huawei G8 smartphone and MediaPad M2 tablet.

Huaweis New Tablet, Phone & Smartwatch Offer Australians Excellent Value for Money

Where Huawei differs from the Samsung’s and Apple’s of the tech world is that it doesn’t try to compete with their premium prices. That’s why the arrival of these latest devices could be the best thing to happen to new smartphone and tablet buyers in Australia. Not only does Huawei offer more affordable pricing, but with the drop in the Australian dollar recently, the tech that they cram into their devices makes their products look like great value for money.

 

Huawei Watch

Huaweis New Tablet, Phone & Smartwatch Offer Australians Excellent Value for MoneyStarting with the Huawei watch that uses Google’s Android operating system, it was first announced in March 2015, but has taken its time to make it to our country. Although it bodes well with critics, it won’t be cheap. Starting with the least expensive model that has a black watch face and a stainless steel band, this will cost $549. However, if you want a silver mesh strap or a silver link band, you will have to shell out $649, although the watch part is exactly the same. The most expensive option has a stainless steel watch face, black leather band and will cost $749.

To put these prices into perspective, the Apple Watch Sport model only costs $499. If you’re interested in getting the new Huawei watch, you can pick one up from the 16th of October 2015.

Inside the watch is where things actually get a little different. It’s preloaded with Google’s Android Wear operating system and it also comes with 40 different watch faces to choose from. It’s built with all the other usual suspects, water resistant to an IP67 rating, battery life of 1.5 days and super-fast charging of 75 minutes from 0% to 100% battery. The watch face is a 1.4 inch AMOLED sapphire crystal with 400 x 400 pixel resolution, it’s 13mm thick and weights between 51g to 131g depending on your choice of wristband.

If you are new to the smartwach world, then this Huawei along with Samsung’s Gear S2 watches are the latest additions to join the battle against the Apple Watch. Plus, they are both designed to pair with both iPhone and Android smartphones.

Huaweis New Tablet, Phone & Smartwatch Offer Australians Excellent Value for Money

 

The Huawei G8 Smartphone

Huaweis New Tablet, Phone & Smartwatch Offer Australians Excellent Value for MoneyHuawei’s latest G8 smartphone is an LTE device that comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display. The rear camera triumphs a big 13MP spec along with a 5MP front facing camera, along with a fingerprint sensor on the rear too. Huawei have targeted the larger smartphone lovers, and as a result this device is the same size as Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus.

Huawei have tapped into the increasing demand for instant selfies and photos, therefore the finger sensor on the back of the phone can be used to unlock the phone, restore it from standby and when pressed it can take instant photos.

The largest inbuilt storage option is 64GB, but you can always beef this up with an external MicroSD card if you need to. The weight of the phone is 167 grams and runs Android’s Lollipop 5.1 operating system. The phone also has a large 3000mAh battery helping it reach its 1.5-day standby quota and the best part is that Australia will be one of the first countries outside of China to sell the G8. We have seen launch pricing in Europe at around €399 so an educated guess would lead us to believe that pricing will be roughly between $650 and $750 for the base model.

Below I have slung together a quick comparison against the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6s.

SPECS

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Samsung Galaxy S6

Huawei G8

Weight

172g

138g

167g

Dimensions

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm

152 x 76.5 x 7.5 mm

Body Materials

Aluminium body

Glass and Aluminium

Metal

DISPLAY
Size

5.5 inches

5.1 inches

5.5 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels

1140 x 2560 pixels

1080 x 1920 pixels

CAMERA
Megapixels

8MP

16MP

13MP

Front Facing

1.2MP

5MP

5MP

HARDWARE
Processor

Dual-core 1400MHz

Octa-core 2100MHz

Octa-core 1500MHz

System Memory

1025MB RAM

3072 MB RAM

3072 MB RAM

Storage

16, 64, 128GB

32, 64 128GB

32, 64GB

BATTERY
Capacity

2915mAh

2550mAh

3000mAh

Wireless Charging

No

Yes

No

PRICING

$1,229

$899

$650

Huaweis New Tablet, Phone & Smartwatch Offer Australians Excellent Value for Money

 

Huawei MediaPad M2

The third device announced to hit our shores from the Chinese tech giant is their smaller 8-inch MediaPad M2 tablet,which is similar in size to the iPad mini. The tablet is full 1080p HD with 283 pixels per inch and, to our pleasant surprise, comes with Harmon Kardon speakers.

The rear camera has 8MP whilst the front facing is 2MP. In addition to these enticing specifications, the tablet also has eye protection mode, which means that the screen dims itself for reading. Availability can be expected within Australia by the end of October.

The only drawback to the MediaPad M2 at the moment is that a price has not yet been announced. However, to keep us occupied in the meantime there are rumours spinning around that it might be able to support a dual-SIM system, but I guess we will have to wait until the end of October to find out for certain.

Huaweis New Tablet, Phone & Smartwatch Offer Australians Excellent Value for Money


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