With it still being unclear whether Apple will unveil its next generation iPhone 5, or slightly tweaked iPhone 4S on 4 October, Huawei has covered its bases, unveiling its new Blaze and Honor devices.
Chinese phone-maker Huawei unveiled its high-end Honor smartphone on Tuesday. Among the first batch of devices set to be released under its own name, the Honor is one of Huawei's opening attempts to break into the high-end smartphone market.
The device will reportedly house a size-able 1.4GHz processor and four-inch capacitive touchscreen. Additionally, the Honor will be powered by Android OS 2.3.5 Gingerbread and house a battery, which if Huawei is to be believed, will be capable of lasting on standby for three whole days.
Competing in the upper-echelons of the market, the Honor is thicker than its current competitors. Weighing in at 140g and being 11mm thick, the device will be bigger than a number of other high-end smartphones. The device's cameras on the other-hand are slightly higher spec, with the Honor including an eight megapixel rear and two megapixel front-facing camera.
According to Huawei's most recent release the Honor is expected to be commercially available in the UK in 2012. The company is yet to release any details regarding the device's price.
Of the recent slew of budget handsets hitting the market, the Huawei Blaze is undoubtedly the cheapest, currently being set to hit UK shelves with a modest £100 price tag.
Like the Explorer the Blaze houses a modest 600MHz processor and runs using Google's Android operating system. Additionally, the Blaze will house 256MB of RAM, a 3.2 inch (480 x 320) touchscreen, a 3.2 mega-pixel camera and be capable of 32GB of storage via microSD upgrades.
The Blaze will reportedly be available Phones4U, from 30 September, 2011.
The Next Apple iPhone
The news follows confirmation on Tuesday that Apple would be holding an iPhone focused media event on 4 October.
The Oct. 4 event was confirmed when a number of sites leaked images of the invitation. The invitation carried the tag-line, "lets talk iPhone," confirming Apple would be unveiling something relating to its iPhone series of devices.
The invitation follows a slew of conflicting reports by the world's media regarding Apple's next entry into its iPhone franchise. Despite the lack of official word from Apple, there are currently two prominent theories regarding the direction it will take for its next iPhone.
The first suggests that the company will attempt to break into the currently Android-dominated affordable smartphone market with an updated budget version of its current iPhone 40.
The second theory suggests that Apple is set to release a truly next-generation iPhone. Labelled the iPhone 5, the exact details of what changes and upgrades will be made to the device to improve it past Apple's current iPhone 4 vary Web site to Web site.
Apple are yet to release any official information on either device.