Huawei chief: our real competitor is Samsung, not Xiaomi

Huawei chief: our real competitor is Samsung, not Xiaomi
In 2014, Huawei sold 75 million smartphones, being one of the three Chinese companies included in top 5 smartphone makers. Since Samsung and Apple are the two undisputed market leaders, Huawei is directly competing with Lenovo, Xiaomi and others for the no. 3 position. However, from the point of view of Huawei chief Richard Yu, the company's real competitor is Samsung, not Xiaomi.

We're not exactly sure why the Huawei exec specifically took on Xiaomi, but, according to Chinese website Zol, Richard Yu said that the Redmi maker has "no chance" in the high-end segment of the market. He continued by saying that Xiaomi's Mi Note doesn't offer advantages over the Huawei Ascend Mate7, and neither does the Xiaomi Mi4 over the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. It seems that Huawei sees Xiaomi's handsets competing with its mid-range smartphones, not with its premium flagships like the Mate7, Ascend P7, or Honor 6 Plus.

Not long ago, Richard Yu criticized both Xiaomi and Meizu for using Quad HD displays on their latest flagships. However, this doesn't necessarily mean we won't see Huawei smartphones with Quad HD screens in the near future.

Undoubtedly, 2015 is a very interesting year when it comes to smartphone rivalries, and we're looking forward to seeing which companies will manage to be the grand winners at the year's end.


source: Zol (translated) via GSM Insider

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14 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Honor series is obviously a direct punch to redmi, of course nobody love to tell their real competitor just to let them guard down

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

True, and Huawei Ascend Mate7 and Huawei Honor 6 Plus are the two most beautiful smartphones from Huawei till date IMO. Exactly, this should be for every company to compete with the bests.

15. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Stop dreaming Huawei, whatever you do, you cant beat Samsung in any angles maybe LG will do but not Huawei. Stop joking Huawei. *urrgghh China made phone ewww*

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I kind of think that all the Chinese OEM are targeting Samsung, LG an HTC, then Apple. The few copying apple I doubt get much support from Gov, now.

16. teenaxta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

lol, considering that xiaomi is the most popular manufacturer in china, its right for huawei to challenge samsung, i think xiaomi killed samsung with their new phones!

4. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yes Huawei, love your own.

6. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Huawei innovating with dual camera is great but with their slow and Ugly software I doubt they will catch up with Samsung real soon . He is right on the quad HD display. no point having resolution jump every year as its pointless and the soc may not support it well enough

7. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

it will be really funny when Xiaomi will be looking at these competitors from the rear view mirror! their CEO runs the company with a strong vision, and so far, he seems to be taking the right steps

8. androidmachines

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

The more I use & see stock android, the more I realize that TouchWiz is the truth, it just makes icons look better. With stock android, icons are just flat & boring.

9. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

whatever rocks your boat, bro. I have used near stock Android on Moto G, and it was really light, and beautiful. on the other hand, for me, Samsung's interface look a bit cluttered

10. androidmachines

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I cannot find a reason to disagree with you on the fact that its a tad bit faster & smoother than TouchWiz which is all packed with a tonne of features so it should not expected & unavoidable to be honest. However the lag isn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be, especially on these forums. Like I said, I aint hating on stock, I use a Note 4 & Nexus 6 so I enjoy the best of both worlds but I have to say my Nexus is definitely less adventurous to use & not that good at multitasking. Putting stock Android on a Note 4 will be an overkill on speed & the "smooth" experience.

12. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

I have to admit though, some of the bloatware OEMs install are really useful, for example, I can't do without my Blink feed on my M7, I find it to be way more refined than Google's news stand. IMHO, it would be really good if OEMs had customized installations for first boot-ups, so you would be able to tick whatever you need and want.

11. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Apple: Our main competitor is Huawei, not Samsung.

14. mike2959

Posts: 692; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Your customers decide who your competition is by where they spend their money. Idiots. That's how Walmart took over K-Mart, how Honda took over Ford.. The list goes on..

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