Apr 11 AT 3:13 PM Taylor Wimberly 28 Comments

Huawei Edge could challenge HTC One in the looks dept.

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The upcoming HTC One is the best looking Android phone in a long time, but it could have a challenger later this year. French blog Nowhereelse.fr has just leaked several images of a new device called the Huawei Edge that boasts an aluminum unibody design that is just 6.3mm thin.

Rumored specs of the Huawei Edge include a 4.9-inch 1080 x 1920 display, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 13 megapixel camera, 16/32GB internal storage, and a 2600 mAh battery. The device is said to ship with the latest Android 4.2 and arrive sometime in the second half of this year.

If all the specs are true, it will be an impressive feat for Huawei. They somehow managed to create an all aluminum phone that is thinner than the HTC One (6.3mm vs 9.3mm), and they crammed in a higher capacity battery (2600 mAh vs 2300 mAh).

Richard Yu, Huawei Device Chairman, hinted at an upcoming smartphone in a recent interview with Engadget. Yu said, “Our other product, coming next quarter or end of Spring, is far ahead of Samsung in terms of build quality.”

We don’t know which device he was referring to, but these leaked pictures certainly match up with a device of the highest build quality. Yu went on to say, “Actually, when I was at the Düsseldorf International Airport last time, the security pulled this phone out of the box and kept asking ‘Where to buy? Where to buy?’ All the officers from the other seven or eight security lines all turned around! It was love at first sight for that guy, and he said he’d give up his iPhone and pick this one! That’s what I aim for when I develop products.”

Huawei has quietly climbed their way into the 3rd largest global supplier of smartphones, but most American consumers are not familiar with the brand, and the ones that are struggle to pronounce their name correctly. (Hint: It’s WAH-WAY)

Hopefully we will be learning more about the Huawei Edge in the coming months. I have never carried a Huawei smartphone as my daily phone, but I would easily pop my SIM card into the Edge when it becomes available.

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Via: Phone Arena

Source: Nowhereelse.fr

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  • JuniHH

    OK, look great on back but what about some pics of front ??

    • SGB101

      If it had a screen it (just looks to me as milled alloy atm) all there would be to see is a back bit of glass.

      • Eric C.

        I get the feeling JuniHH is curious about whether or not there are physical buttons, or if it’s all on-screen a la Nexus 4.

        Or, at least, that’s what I want to know, so I’d like to project my own question onto JuniHH :]

    • XEOD

      I’m having a hard time believing that this isn’t anything more then a mock-up prototype. As you said, what about the front…. If this was indeed a design “Shell” of an up and coming device, why only show the back?

      I know that it may not have a screen or any of its internal hardware but to me the pictures all look to be a solid piece of aluminum with cutouts…. I mean you can totally tell from the camera cutouts on the back that their isn’t any cutout for a screen…. Makes me believe that this was done by a “fanboy” as a “wish” for a device vs. a prototype design or maybe its not a completed shell and there are more cutouts needed (?)

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    That phone looks damn sexy but the thing would be COVERED with scratches before very long at all!

  • reddragon72

    Ummm why is the camera area recessed like that? How would that work? And why is there a HUGE slot on the top and two ?button? holes on the one side super far apart…. That whole think looks like crap.

    • phaet2112

      Its the outer shell- the electronics aren’t inserted in it yet. HTC takes 200 hrs to sculpt a similar outer shell. Plastic is shot into specific areas, and the electronics are inserted. There is no picture of the screen because there is no screen on it yet- that gets added last after everything is in place.

  • Nate B.

    Taylor, you’re such a phone whore. That’s not a bad thing though ha-ha. Even when I personally think the phone isn’t that good you go out and get it. Like the tweet that said who will be getting the HTC First tomorrow. I was like is he serious. But you love tech in general. Gotta respect it. I do love how Facebook has made the chat bubble notifications work. Google should do something similar. I’m curious to know how Babel works. I mean Google+ already has those bubble icons for our displays. Hmm.

    Anyways, this phone seems interesting. But will the specs show quality? Big numbers but how do they perform in real life? The Z is nice looking but the camera is not that good and the screen is only good dead on even at 1080p. Looking to hear and see more on this. Gotta love mobile tech.

  • Andy_jr

    How is Huawei with OS updates and third-party ROM support?

  • Dee

    And its a phone that will only be released in china etc so who cares tbh

  • nivekkev

    Wow, I must be tired, just noticed that it is just a shell in the pictures, no phone inards at all. Guess they are just showing off the body..

  • Galen20K

    Huawei Nexus ftw

  • uknowme

    Ooh shiny! Seriously though that thing looks pretty amazing.

    • Galen20K

      I never thought I’d say this about a Huawei device…. but that thing is Gorgeous.

  • PaulieG

    I don’t understand the fascination with aluminium phones? Big deal.

    What I want to see is a water proof flagship device. They can make waterproof cameras these days I can’t see why they couldn’t make a phone.

    • Tico4674

      Check out the Sony Xperia Z for a waterproof device.

    • cthonctic

      You mean like the Xperia Z?

  • troysyx

    Just because its a hunk of aluminum, doesn’t mean its a good phone. Personally, it looks hideous.

  • Daniel

    The Huawei Lumia 930

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    The shape reminds me of a (recent) Nokia. That’s not a bad thing at all.

  • cthonctic

    “(…) far ahead of Samsung in terms of build quality.”

    Build materials, probably. Build quality though, I sincerely doubt it.

  • Nathan D.

    Wow

  • redraider133

    It is a great looking device, I just wish we could get more devices from these manufacturers here in the US.

  • jamal adam

    That’s quite the looker, I wouldn’t mind checking it out if it ever came to the States. It couldn’t hurt.

  • huawei sux

    bah its so feckin ugly

  • donger

    That means Samsung’s build quality is crap.

  • pdaliu

    Fake to me.

  • X&X+
  1. JuniHHGuest 2 years ago

    OK, look great on back but what about some pics of front ??

    • If it had a screen it (just looks to me as milled alloy atm) all there would be to see is a back bit of glass.

      • Eric C.Guest 2 years ago

        I get the feeling JuniHH is curious about whether or not there are physical buttons, or if it’s all on-screen a la Nexus 4.

        Or, at least, that’s what I want to know, so I’d like to project my own question onto JuniHH :]

    • I’m having a hard time believing that this isn’t anything more then a mock-up prototype. As you said, what about the front…. If this was indeed a design “Shell” of an up and coming device, why only show the back?

      I know that it may not have a screen or any of its internal hardware but to me the pictures all look to be a solid piece of aluminum with cutouts…. I mean you can totally tell from the camera cutouts on the back that their isn’t any cutout for a screen…. Makes me believe that this was done by a “fanboy” as a “wish” for a device vs. a prototype design or maybe its not a completed shell and there are more cutouts needed (?)

  2. That phone looks damn sexy but the thing would be COVERED with scratches before very long at all!

  3. reddragon72Guest 2 years ago

    Ummm why is the camera area recessed like that? How would that work? And why is there a HUGE slot on the top and two ?button? holes on the one side super far apart…. That whole think looks like crap.

    • Its the outer shell- the electronics aren’t inserted in it yet. HTC takes 200 hrs to sculpt a similar outer shell. Plastic is shot into specific areas, and the electronics are inserted. There is no picture of the screen because there is no screen on it yet- that gets added last after everything is in place.

  4. Taylor, you’re such a phone whore. That’s not a bad thing though ha-ha. Even when I personally think the phone isn’t that good you go out and get it. Like the tweet that said who will be getting the HTC First tomorrow. I was like is he serious. But you love tech in general. Gotta respect it. I do love how Facebook has made the chat bubble notifications work. Google should do something similar. I’m curious to know how Babel works. I mean Google+ already has those bubble icons for our displays. Hmm.

    Anyways, this phone seems interesting. But will the specs show quality? Big numbers but how do they perform in real life? The Z is nice looking but the camera is not that good and the screen is only good dead on even at 1080p. Looking to hear and see more on this. Gotta love mobile tech.

  5. How is Huawei with OS updates and third-party ROM support?

  6. DeeGuest 2 years ago

    And its a phone that will only be released in china etc so who cares tbh

  7. Wow, I must be tired, just noticed that it is just a shell in the pictures, no phone inards at all. Guess they are just showing off the body..

  8. Huawei Nexus ftw

  9. Ooh shiny! Seriously though that thing looks pretty amazing.

    • I never thought I’d say this about a Huawei device…. but that thing is Gorgeous.

  10. PaulieGGuest 2 years ago

    I don’t understand the fascination with aluminium phones? Big deal.

    What I want to see is a water proof flagship device. They can make waterproof cameras these days I can’t see why they couldn’t make a phone.

  11. Just because its a hunk of aluminum, doesn’t mean its a good phone. Personally, it looks hideous.

  12. DanielGuest 2 years ago

    The Huawei Lumia 930

  13. The shape reminds me of a (recent) Nokia. That’s not a bad thing at all.

  14. “(…) far ahead of Samsung in terms of build quality.”

    Build materials, probably. Build quality though, I sincerely doubt it.

  15. It is a great looking device, I just wish we could get more devices from these manufacturers here in the US.

  16. That’s quite the looker, I wouldn’t mind checking it out if it ever came to the States. It couldn’t hurt.

  17. huawei suxGuest 2 years ago

    bah its so feckin ugly

  18. That means Samsung’s build quality is crap.

  19. pdaliuGuest 2 years ago

    Fake to me.