Huawei consumer CEO says, "Steve Jobs is gone. Now there is a lack of innovation"

Huawei consumer CEO says,
You have to give some credit to Huawei consumer CEO Richard Yu, he definitely knows how to build a headline, doesn't he? Today at CES, Yu said, "Steve Jobs is gone. Now there is a lack of innovation." But, Yu wasn't done with just dropping Steve Jobs' name to get some attention. He also went on to call out Samsung for not using high end materials, saying "their plastic is cheap".

Of course, he was also very ready to explain why you should look to Huawei to find a new wellspring of innovation, using his attention catching phrase to lead into the usual marketing talk about Huawei's new Ascend Mate and Ascend D2. Yu started out by saying that Huawei is the best company as far as design because of two reasons: 1) it mixes Asian and European design, and 2) it has spirit. 

But, Yu did admit that it will take time for US carriers to accept high-end devices from Huawei, because the company does have a reputation for making lower-end devices. He does think the newly announced devices will be a big part of that, even if some people are scared of the size of the 6.1" display on the Ascend Mate. Being the good company man, Yu said that the device was "more comfortable than the Galaxy Note" because of the design, and the one-handed mode available for the keyboard. 

What do you guys think? Will Huawei be able to break into the high-end smartphone market?

source: The Verge



1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Sorry but Huawei is far from being the best in design, i would give that title to either Nokia, HTC, Sony and maybe Apple (i know it still looks the same but it looks good). Not to mention some of Huawei's phones look awfully a lot like other phones.

12. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Huawei is just as useless as apple. I want the Huawei Ascend Mate to sell well competition is always great. They have NO SOLID STANDING with android and nobody buys Huawei anyway. Everyone know's Samsung is the real deal in this space.

25. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

So is LG... but i trust they could be the next big thing.

2. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 2011

ROFL@the title of the article.

3. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Using the name of the dead forhis own selfish interest? How disrespectful!

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple doesn't know how to INNOVATE. wish people stop using that word

5. metalpoet unregistered

Amen brotha! I wish the US could see some of those devices they recently announced!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What did they even innovate, just modified it.

23. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Their idiocy pretty much means I will never own a Huawei product.

28. ZeroCide

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Preach on!!!

6. TheGrendel

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Huawei continues to demonstrate three key things: 1) they have no class, 2) they have no concept of a proper media relations strategy, 3) they harbor the belief that operating in multiple countries with total Chinese operational control means that you are a savvy multinational company (they aren't, note items 1 & 2). Sidebar note: Huawei devices and quality control have never met each other.

10. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

this. everytime i read something about a huawei device on forums, it's always about the power/volume buttons creaky/falling off, the mic stopped working for no reason, etc.

24. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

TheGrendel: So true. Actually, I almost spit the water I was drinking when I read the headline. Even more so when he took a cheap jab at Samsung using plastic materials on high end devices. To me, both sounded a little too amateurish of an approach coming from a consumer CEO.

7. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

See how even Chinese company's know it as well. We've been saying that since the 4S came out and that is the whole truth.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Haw!!! I thought Huawei's previous designs were full of cheap plastic... They just 'started' manufacturing good looking devices and already managed to act like a!! This is interesting...

9. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Huawei sucks. Their phones literally fall apart after using them lol. They have no right to say Samsung is cheap. On top of that, he's saying all of this while holding a phone that looks like a Samsung lmao.Their ascend mate is an abomination as well

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Talk is cheap, but you do have to admit their new phones do look competitive. Probably the first time you could say that about a Huawei device, but its still true.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I prefer plastic phone for their light weight to me been the lightest to carry around is more important.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Plus most people i know change their handset every 12 months so having the best possible spec with long battery life is more important. Samsung deliver in that aspect so their sale is better than most android manufacturer. i really like Samsung light weight build, so i don get some people fuss on plastic. At the end of the day, its still personal preference.

15. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I never liked Huawei...

16. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Did he mean a lack of theft because that's all that was going on was Steve Jobs innovation THEFT LMAO. Hey he got the iPhone going in 2007, ever since then there has been NO innovation . I wouldn't call making the phone flat and .5" bigger innovation.

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This guy is a hypocrite. Plus, I don't need any more sh*t with an amatuer spy radio on-board.

18. GeekMovement unregistered

Huawei is going to get nowhere dissing big companies like Apple and Samsung before they even sell their first high end smartphone in the US market. Their design is nowhere near the best. I was thinking about their Ascend D2, but now Sony took the spotlight. Huawei is not going anywhere for now. Try to show more class next time.

19. papss unregistered

For Sammy it's more about the cheap 80's speedboat paint job that appears cheap and that's enough for me to not want,I don't want to be embarrassed when I pull a S3 out.. They make a fast phone but I have to touch that thing too

27. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

everyones a critic.

21. Gaytor

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

I am a Samsung Note buyer but I will readily say that Apple puts innovative spin to existing technology and combines aesthetical concepts to produce products that a whole lot of people like . That much is easy to see . But Android is easier to use and Note2 is a glorious phpne . Do wish Sammy wd produce a metalic phone that looks beautiful and that trounce Apple for good .

22. lolwoot

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Good to know Huawei didn't lack humor, granted if it was funny to begin with.

26. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I say big talker small walker. its not point in blowing your chops if you cannot convince the global network of carriers to join up with you. They have yet to prove their support and ability to get behind a product for long periods of time and are not simply replaced quickly due to cheaper manufacturing. I want to see what they got but they better bring it.

29. lilduane

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Hahahahahahahahahaha Huawei beat apple they have a big imagination . Hmm let me think barley no one notice there was even a Huawei in America sad . Apple and Samsung are billion dollar companies and Huawei is a million dollar company lets see about that in the next month their phone are not innovative I had a Huawei and after year of suffering I got a Samsung which was the galaxy really good then I got an iPad but if they try to make a table oh god it won't be pretty

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