Huawei plans to survive smartphone war, ship 60 million smartphones in 2012
1. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
It's sad but true. In the future, there will be fewer android handset manufacturers in world. I have been saying for a while that android handsets are basically a commodity since all android OEMs get android OS for free and the parts are readily available from multiple vendors. Additionally, economic principles tells us the low cost producer typically wins in these situations, ceteris paribus. It's the cost structure.
Both ZTE and Huawei are low cost producers that can copy anything Samsung makes so it does not bode well for the LG's, HTC's, or Moto's of the world. I still believe if you give Huawei or ZTE two years to learn the US market, they will take (market) share from the exisiting android handset OEMs. Huawei and ZTE were smart to begin their US conquest by selling devices to the Cricket's and Metro PCS of the world.
3. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
agreed, i think in a couple years we'll be down to huawei or zte, samsung, nokia & htc.
Of course apple, and maybe rim.
I don't think motorola will be gone because of google buying it.
Rim may still be around if they can get there act together.
I see lg and sony being out of the game though.
2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Sony, Google/Motorola, LG, Huawei, ZTE, Panasonic..and he thinks it will boil down to just 3-4 out of those?
I can't see HTC dying any time soon.
Googlerola? No way.
Nokia? Nope, they have too much user base in "developing world", not to mention MS.
5. wendygarett (unregistered)
First, defines high end phone. Do consumer cares about price when buying an overpriced iphones? No? Why? It is because a high end phone!! Consumer cares about brand more than the price!!
Apple? this fruit can last at least 2 years by just standing still and do nothing...
HTC? Its hard to make Sense UI died... and he has a strong-bond suppliers like dr dre and dropbox...
Samsung? an ios-liked interface make the envious carry him alive..
Motorola? she has a sugar daddy named Google...
Sony? A nice creative design will keep in consumer's memory forever...
Nokia? He still can survive in 5 years losses in the row... too stubborn to die though :) and yes, he is WP so he wont die...
4. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Is it me or is the dude in the pic kinda scary?
7. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
All your bases are belong to us.. seriously the dude is scary..
6. rallyguy (Posts: 609; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Remember when GM launched Saturn because their quality sucked. They said Saturn would be the highest quality car GM made. Where is Saturn today? Because GM went back to make them as cheap as you can and they were junk.
I'll pay twice as much for a good quality phone that will last a few years at least. The younger generations and teenagers will always buy cheap because they don't have much money. This may cause the quality makers to raise their price as the quantity of the sales goes down, but I don't see Samsung, HTC, Moto, or Apple going anywhere.