MWC 2014: Huawei faces down Apple, Google and Samsung with new devices

ITProPortal was on hand as Huawei made a massive statement of intent just ahead of MWC in Barcelona.

The Chinese giant unleashed five brand new products today, consisting of a smartphone, a phablet, a smartphone, a smart band and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

First out of the bag came the E5786 mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, which Huawei claims is the fastest of its kind in the world. The device packs a 3,000mAh battery, which should deliver up to 10 hours of LTE Cat6 connectivity.

Next out was the Ascend G6 smartphone, a mid-range device built especially for users that share lots of content. Packing a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear snapper, with a so-called "selfie-window" and "face enhancement" technology, this €249 device is all about creating and distributing multimedia.

Then came the MediaPad M1, an 8in 1,280 x 800 resolution tablet designed to optimise the experience of listening to music and watching movies. Containing a massive 4,800mAh battery, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and dual front speakers, this is a bit of a beast. It is also 7.9mm slim, weighing 329g, supports more than 20 different video formats and costs €299.

Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, then outed the MediaPad X1, a 7in, 239g phablet that looks like it will take on the likes of Apple iPad mini and Google's Nexus 7 II in the market. with a 1,920 x 1,200 display, 13-megapixel rear camera and monstrously big 5,000mAh battery, this looks like it could fit snugly in the pocket of a hardcore businessperson. And, at €399, it won't break the average consumer's bank either.

Last but not least came Huawei's TalkBand, a wristbound device that the company calls the "world's first hybrid smart band." This €99, 1.4in OLED display-packing gadget puts Samsung's original Galaxy Gear price scheme to shame, though it won't perform quite the same tasks. Users will be able to take calls using an integrated Bluetooth 4.1 headset, as well as track their health. Other functions are not yet clear.

Earlier on today, Samsung officially unveiled its latest pair of wearable devices, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.