Huawei's MWC 2013 news: Join us Sunday (live blog)

Join CNET for Huawei's press conference starting at 6 a.m. PT Sunday (3 p.m. Barcelona, Spain, time). We'll have live news, photos, and commentary about the up-and-coming Chinese electronics manufacturer.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, holds the Ascend Mate, a 6.1-inch phablet that the company debuted in January.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, holds the Ascend Mate, a 6.1-inch phablet that the company debuted in January. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

BARCELONA, Spain--On Sunday, we'll find out how well Huawei is doing meeting its ambition to become a top-tier smartphone manufacturer.

That's when the up-and-coming company plans to debut a brand-new phone at a Mobile World Congress press conference. CNET will be there to provide all the details about that phone -- you can expect a premium Android model -- and likely other news as well.

CNET UK's Luke Westaway, photographer Sarah Tew, and I will supply news updates, photos, and commentary from the event. It starts at 6 a.m. PT, which is 3 p.m. local time in Barcelona.

You can tune in to the live blog here:

Huawei's Mobile World Congress press conference

Huawei got its start with networking equipment, but it's working hard, along with fellow Chinese handset maker ZTE , to become a consumer brand, too.

It hasn't had much success cracking into the top tier of the U.S. handset market , but it's pumping out a steady stream of new devices running Google's Android operating system. At CES, Huawei debuted the Ascend Mate , a phablet with a whopping 6.1-inch screen, and the Ascend D2 , which looks small in comparison, with a 5-inch screen.

That work has raised Huawei's profile in the last year. But Huawei gets unwanted extra attention, too, as it faces Chinese espionage scrutiny from the U.S. government .

As usual, we'll use ScribbleLive to for blow-by-blow coverage, starting about 15 minutes before the press conference begins.

Updated 3:28 a.m. PT with a corrected time for the beginning of the press conference.

About the author

Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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