Huawei And Xiaomi: Chinese Tigers On The Prowl
Techlife News|August 31, 2019
Apple is being given something to think about
Benjamin Kerry & Gavin Lenaghan

Are you in the market for a new phone? Even if you have long been entrenched in Apple’s ecosystem, you could be easily excused for casting envious eyes in the direction of friends wielding devices from up-and-coming Chinese brands. Handsets from Chinese companies including Huawei and Xiaomi have, over recent years, improved significantly in their feature set, value for money and, dare we say it, market share.

All of this has paradoxically been happening on the backdrop of a well-publicized and intensifying trade war between the U.S. and China. However, it speaks volumes about the appeal of Huawei’s devices that, despite the Trump administration essentially blacklisting Huawei phones from sale in the U.S., the brand has still knocked Apple out of the second position in the global smartphone market. Only Samsung is currently stood in the way of Huawei reaching the market’s summit.

In next week’s issue, we’ll be looking closely at the political side of Huawei’s recent rise and tussles in the tech sphere, as well as how other Chinese brands have fared in comparison to Apple. Right now, though, our attention will be on whether you should seriously contemplate buying a Chinese-branded device, perhaps as an iPhone replacement – even if you are U.S.based and for this reason, unable to consider Huawei as a practical option. Should you believe the hype?

WHAT YOU WILL – AND WON’T – GET WITH A HUAWEI PHONE

While iPhone owners are accustomed to spending big whenever they see fit to buy new devices, Huawei has followed Samsung’s template in offering handsets across a broad range of price points, rather than simply specializing in the premium market. The brand certainly offers appealing high-end phones in the form of its Mate and P lines. However, much like Samsung with its Galaxy A series, Huawei also offers cut-price handsets with its Honor offshoot range.

Still, this only begins to hint at why Huawei has recorded spectacular growth in the smartphone market, including a year-over-year increase of 50.3% even just in 2019’s first quarter. This growth has been no fluke; if you are used to handling premium handsets from Samsung, Google and LG, you could be pleasantly surprised by how well the Huawei equivalents compare. The company’s Mate 20 Pro has been named one of the world’s best smartphones on account of its stunning design, sumptuous display, and impressive speed.

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