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

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.

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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.

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