Huawei has started making high-end devices not so long ago, but they’ve already announced their plans to ship 60 million smartphones in 2012. Huawei Chairman Richard Yu said that many serious changes are awaiting the smartphone market in the nearest future, and only some 3-4 manufacturers will survive; he’s sure Huawei will be one of those survivors.
According to Richard Yu, Apple now owns more than 70 percent of the mobile market and Samsung has more than 20 percent, while all the other manufacturers have to operate in that small, less than 10 percent space. There is a chance that things will change soon – Apple will lose some part of its market, Samsung will strengthen its positions after the release of the famous Galaxy S3 and some other revolutionary devices like that, and there will be space for one or two other manufacturers. And if Huawei wants to be one of those two manufacturers, they’ll have to produce good-quality smartphones in huge numbers.
So 60 million is a good number – LG, for example, is going to ship about 35 million phones this year. But will the company be able to sell all those phones? Can they offer the smartphone market something really new? One of the best phones they’re releasing this year is the Huawei Ascend D Quad together with its XL version. The Ascend D Quad comes with a quad-core processor, a 4.5-inch touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels, an 8MP camera and an 1800mAh battery; as for the OS, it’s going to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich. The XL version of this phone has almost the same features, but comes with a bigger 2500mAh battery.
So these phones have nearly the same features as the famous HTC One X and LG’s Optimus 4X HD and they can no doubt compete with these flagships. However, HTC and LG are already well known on the smartphone market, and Huawei is relatively new yet and haven’t earned the trust of the European and American users, so they’ll need to put much effort in promoting themselves and their devices.
Anyway, the newest and upcoming Huawei phones seem to be really attractive, and if they succeed, Huawei will have all the chances for their wish to become a $100 billion-a-year company to come true. And shipping 60 million devices this year will be their first step.