Huawei is a company that's known for ultra low end Android handsets that are sold in emerging countries. They've been trying to shake that image by introducing “premium” devices like the Ascend P1 and the Honor, but for the most part people still consider them a company that makes devices for the masses. According to the German website BestBoyZ, who is in China right now visiting Huawei's Headquarters, the company is set to introduce a product during the second half of 2013 that will blow people's minds. The exact quote, which comes from Shao Yang, Huawei's Chief Marketing Officer, is:
“If our R&D people have not made a mistake, then we will have something in the second half of 2013 that's better than Apple and Samsung.”
That's an extremely bold statement to make. Apple's iPhone 5, love it or hate it, is the best built smartphone we've ever touched. And as for Samsung, what they lack in build quality they more than make up for in terms of components.
Several other nuggets of information were revealed to BestBoyZ. They got conformation that the company is going to announce a 5 inch 1080p smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. They also said they're going to unveil a Windows Phone device.
But back to the earlier statement about beating Apple and Samsung, we're struggling to figure out what that means. Either Huawei has purchased some incredibly advanced milling machines that can pump out high quality metal devices or they've made a deal with a component vendor to secure some advanced parts that no other company will have access to.
Are we excited? Definitely. On numerous occasions we've said that Chinese companies such as Lenovo or Huawei are in the best position to become the next Samsung. We just didn't think such a feat would happen for at least a few more years.