Huawei's answer: "We need an all-in-one solution." Large screen, long-lasting battery, easily carried, superior camera.
And another demo unit from Lenovo due out in June that's similar to the Yoga model that can work as a notebook, tablet and "tent mode." This was the 11S model announced yesterday. It can even run Civilization 5.
Lenovo Yoga 11 on display now, announced yesterday. Ackerman likes it.
The photo is of the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate.
Skaugen says the company is shipping 140 designs of ultrabooks.
First mention of Haswell at this event now, Intel's next-gen Core chip. Get ready for "fourth gen" Core CPUs, folks.
Today Huawei will officially launch: Ascend Mate, "largest screen smartphone in the world." and Ascend D2, "most powerful smartphone."
I just got my hands on these phones right before the presser started and let me tell you, this 6.1-inch Ascend Mate is no joke.
By the end of this year we'll see $599 touch-based computers because of this breadth, Skaugen says.
Haswell due out later this year.
Uh, we already had $550 touch laptops for Holiday 2012...
Yu is talking "design philosophy."
I feel like I've become so desensitized to 5-inch screens that the Mate's massiveness really stands out. These phones look good.
@dan.ackerman Get your facts out of here!
"Beauty." "Function." "Pure." "Flow."
"It's also very comfortable in your hand...so convenient."
"Every single day we're getting more and more mechanical innovation," Skaugen says, showing off a 12.8 mm thick 15-inch notebook from NEC. "They've done an absolutely phenomenal job on this."
You can put it into any pocket, Yu says, demonstrating with his black suit. (I imagine he doesn't own a pair of skinny jeans.)
"Quality." "Simplicity." Lots of buzzwords here, without ornamentation.
Between 2011 and 2012, the low voltage chips the company makes has grown 5x in popularity, Skaugen says.
Now we're talking about the manufacturing process. He says it's highly complicated, because the device has a metal frame. Now a video, to demonstrate the stamping process.
"Interact naturally with touch and voice," says the slide. Has voice input ever felt natural on any device?
Skaugen notes that Haswell (the company's 4th gen Core model) is really the first chip the company's made with ultrabooks in mind. Everything else was effectively retrofitted. The platform will also have a mandatory touch requirement.
The music accompanying the video is slow-burn rock. Epic manufacturing.
The new chips will also sport "all day battery life," though no number was given out.
"More advanced manufacturing technology than the iPhone." Them's fightin' words.
When you can joke too comfortably about the death of human relationships due to too much screen time, I don't even know if I want voice recognition to work that well.
The phones are really slim and pretty. I'm just wondering how good the cameras are, since Huawei shooters haven't always been so hot. And by not-so-hot, I mean really not good.
OK, now we're talking about the D2. Yu will explain why it's the "most powerful."
443 PPI resolution. 1080x1920.
So we're getting a demo of the company's reference design of the 4th gen core chips called Northcape.
Note that the requirement for touch and WiDi is only if you want to have Intel's "ultrabook" sticker -- not to actually use the 4th-gen chips themselves.
Galaxy S3 is 306 ppi. iPhone 5 is 326 ppi.
Has a battery behind the keyboard and the display. Also the CPU is in the display.