Huawei, the OEM from China has recently sent out an invitation for an event that will take place this coming December 16th, and when you take into consideration that the word “Honor” has already been printed on the invite itself, one would be hard pressed to think of anything else other than the fact that this would be the event where the Huawei Honor 4 is launched. Just in case you were wondering, the Huawei Honor 4 is also known as the Huawei Glory 4 in other markets. Regardless, a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, and the Honor 4/Glory 4 will feature MediaTek’s octa-core MT65492 processor.
This celebrated processor claims to run all 8 cores simultaneously, which will be different from Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 5 chip, where the latter relies on big.LITTLE architecture which would allow a group of four cores to run at any one time. Rumored hardware specifications of the Huawei Honor 4 include a 5.5″ display at 720 x 1280 resolution, 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a 13MP shooter at the back and a 5MP front facing camera, with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box. Now, to wait for the really serious stuff that all of us have been looking out for – pricing and availability details which will hopefully be revealed on December 16th as well.
I guess if there is one thing that corporations and companies should take note of, it would be this – one should never, ever, rest on one’s laurels. After all, you can never quite tell just when your company might fall behind the competitor so far that it would be nigh impossible to catch up with the rest of the pack. We have seen how the mighty have fallen in the past, and hence, having a slight sense of paranoia is not necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to the mobile operating system arena, it seems as though iOS and Android would continue to occupy top spots for years to come, but Forbes has a less optimistic outlook for iOS, touting that Windows Phone could eventually surpass the iOS market share in as little as 3 years’ time.
Sounds impossible? Forbes’ Mark Fidelman claims that the entire range of Windows Phone 8 mobile devices might just overtake the number of iOS devices in a matter of three years. The reason behind this projection is the fact that Windows Phone happens to be the fastest growing mobile platform, which happens more in emerging markets than anywhere else, while seeing a 48% year-over-year gain in the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region; with Nokia enjoying a 366% year-over-year gain in sales in the US. Of course, when you scrutinize the statistics further, they tell a different story. For instance, hitting 5% market share from 3.5% might have a higher percentage increase, but it does not amount to much in terms of actual sales. Will Microsoft’s “One Microsoft” strategy also pan out to be a winner eventually? Only time will tell.