Could Huawei be the next Apple or Samsung?

Could Huawei be the next Apple or Samsung?

Summary: Haven't heard of Huawei? Well to begin with, let's take a quick lesson on how to pronounce Huawei; it's "Wah Way".

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Major mobile manufacturers such as Apple, LG, Nokia, and Samsung are part of everyday lives and lingo, also part to the massive advertising campaigns. That could all change in the years to come if China's Huawei has their way. Haven't heard of Huawei? Well to begin with, let's take a quick lesson on how to pronounce Huawei; it's "Wah Way".

According to an interview with The Telegraph, Huawei's CEO Wan Biao is quite determined and optimistic to make Huawei a household name, "If you look back five years ago, Apple is small, Samsung is not so big," says Wan. "You can't see where we'll be in five years. At least top three. Maybe number one."

This follows the controversy from speculation by Western nations, such as Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, that Huawei has built spying capabilities into their hardware. The U.S. House Intelligence committee even went on record accusing Huawei of being a national security threat, more so as the business is headed by a former Chinese Red Army engineer, Ren Zhengfei.

Amid all these inconclusive accusations, at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2013 last week in Barcelona, Spain, Huawei debuted their latest offering, the Ascend P2. Billed as the world’s fastest LTE mobile device, with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and speeds up to 150 Mbps. Using in-cell technology, it has a large 4.7 inches (1280 X 720 pixels) touch screen, with enhanced screen response, even with gloves. The screen also automatically adjusts and adapts its brightness under different lighting conditions. The single window for smart reading can also be used for instant word translations and Wikipedia searches.

Huawei Ascend P2
Huawei Ascend P2 (credit: Huawei)

The Ascend P2 also comes equipped with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The smartphone runs on Google’s Android 4.1 Jellybean, along with dual cameras: a 1.3 MP front facing camera and 13 MP auto focus camera with LED flash. In addition to Google Android devices, Huawei is also working on devices using both the Windows 8 platform and newly launched Intel Tizen, which ironically, was also introduced at the MWC by rival Samsung.

The real advantage that Huawei has over other mobile manufacturers is that not only do they make their own mobile devices, Huawei also designs, develops, and implements mobile networks. Even though the speeds on 4G networks are regulated by mobile carriers, Huawei comes out a winner because of their own network design. Huawei products are already available in nations such as Canada and the U.K. Furthermore, in Canada, at least one mobile carrier, SaskTel, is upgrading their network using Huawei technology.

Topics: Tech Industry, 4G, Android, Apple, Samsung

Nitin Puri

About Nitin Puri

Originally from Canada, Nitin has been residing and working in India since 2009. He has worked in different ICT industries in countries such as India, Canada, and Tanzania. He is an avid follower and application developer within the growing mobile phone sector in India.

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  • No, It's Pronounced "Huawei"

    Like it's spelled.
    ldo17
    • No, you are wrong.

      Every Chinese person I have heard say it has said it "Wah Way". I have only ever heard Americans call it "Huah Way".
      nicholaas321
      • It's just "Huawei"

        if you know hanyupinyin and the original chinese word 华为 for sure.

        The starting h consonant sound is always there, although you might be confused by the Chinese intonation.

        Unless you want to go really deep that you want to know what is the intonation of "Huawei", I suggest that you just pronounce the way you like it.
        waijie666
        • YouTube video by Huawei on proper pronunciation.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGAqvpYLiGw
          Nitin Puri
    • Nice name BTW.

      .
      nicholaas321
  • but

    >and Wikipedia searches.

    not in China.
    Stroyde
  • what makes Huawei think its gonna win?

    It may have injected itself into the telecoms infrastructure arena at the expense of Nortel, but the consumer market is far more fickle, IP much better guarded and defended, and it is currently a distant player to any of the major global names.

    Yeah I'd say watch out for them, but they are pretty easy beat downs right now. How anyone is going to match Samsung, Apple and now by the looks Sony who seems to have come from nowhere with the Xperia lineup in the immediate future is a pretty tall ask, don't write the Chinese off here, but this isn't anything like an easy win.
    youcangetholdofjules@...
    • Chinese smartphones up-and-coming in India

      http://www.zdnet.com/in/chinese-smartphones-up-and-coming-in-india-7000012618/
      Nitin Puri
  • No

    They make cheap low grade equipment that may be acceptable to telecom carriers, who in turn force it on their clients, but it will not fly when there is a choice. There are plenty of manufacturers that make it as cheap with better quality.
    happyharry_z
    • you are indeed short-sighted

      and ignorant, maybe jealous
      gundam_0083
  • Won't touch....

    with a mobilephone mask pole. Well not until the security issue has been addressed anyway. I stop short of upgrading my mobile internet usb stick when I saw what Orange was selling.
    iWrap
  • New Eye Controlled Galaxy Smartphone?

    Samsung's Galaxy S line is the strongest Apple's iPhone challenger, and they're now coming up with a new model, the Galaxy S IV. This amazing smartphone will allow it's users to control it with their eyes! Samsung will be trademarking a technology called "Eye Scroll" and "Eye Pause".
    Asif Hussain1
    • Samsung Galaxy S4 debuts in the Big Apple

      http://www.zdnet.com/samsung-galaxy-s4-debuts-in-the-big-apple-7000012614/
      Nitin Puri
  • New Eye Controlled Galaxy Smartphone?

    Samsung's Galaxy S line is the strongest Apple's iPhone challenger, and they're now coming up with a new model, the Galaxy S IV. This amazing smartphone will allow it's users to control it with their eyes! Samsung will be trademarking a technology called "Eye Scroll" and "Eye Pause". http://bit.ly/ZaPOVj
    Asif Hussain1
    • Yes, Eye Scrolling is real !!!

      @Asif Hussain1: Yes, Eye Scrolling is real !!!
      Nitin Puri
  • A Five Year Plan?

    A Red Chinese company with a five year plan? Where have I heard this before? Just how much of the company is state owned?
    robert@...
    • Huawei is not state owned.

      It's private.
      ashalaginov@...
  • If they want to take over the world, a name change is a must!

    Or at least an abbreviation like LG.
    bradavon
    • nope

      it's time for westerners to learn some mandarin, nihao :-)
      gundam_0083
  • It frightens me....

    ... as a Canadian that SaskTel is upgrading using their tech. I love Chinese people, historical culture, and food, but their government and companies do NOT see the rest of the world as equals, or even anything to be considered or respected.

    There is no precedence set to cause me to dispute the validity of the security concerns over Huawei's products. The perception in China of international brands that happen to come from the US is that they are 'American', but that identification does not carry the same weight here as it does in other cultures. American brands are not tied to the idea of honoring and forwarding nationalistic sentiments (besides making money) in the same way that companies in the rest of the world are. This is an effect of being the underdog, certainly, in that the lesser countries must definitely mobilize their entire workforce/civilization to accomplish anything close to what the US has already. The behaviour that it causes is the leverage of any possible avenue to undermine the 'Americans'. If this means poisoning children, they don't care. If this means building in kill switches to all their tech so they can cripple us at the opportune time, they will definitely forward this goal by any means possible. It is impossible to be successful in China without the State's blessing, so why would the State allow the success of anyone that didn't forward it's goals?

    China sucks. They seriously would rather we all weren't here, and we need to start treating them with that in mind. Perhaps they aren't actively out to kill us all, but thy're definitely prepared to. They kill their own citizens en masse on a regular basis. Why would they even bat an eyelash about doing the same to us? Chinese expansionism is so dangerous. Stop it now, before they freely use all our resources to fuel their development, and then turn the full weight of an accelerated first world nation against us. They didn't earn this state of development, your American forefathers did. Now the rest of the world reaps the benefits without having to bleed and suffer to get there, creating a bunch of petulant children eager to get out from under the watchful (benevolent, thank goodness. I love the US!) eye of the parents they've come to resent.

    Take care!
    qwetry