Huawei plans to deliver a flagship phone in the U.S. later this year

Huawei plans to deliver a flagship phone in the U.S. later this year
Richard Yu, Huawei's consumer products chief, says that the company is going to be producing a flagship phone for the U.S. market. There is speculation that the Huawei P9 will be that phone, competing with the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, HTC 10 and the Apple iPhone 6s. Huawei will be unveiling the phone in a few hours, and at this stage the dual 12MP cameras on back (which will use Leica optics) are a feature that neither Samsung or Apple have at the moment. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus, expected to be unveiled this September, is rumored to include a dual camera setup on the back.

Yu has high hopes for Huawei. Back in February, he predicted that Huawei will have the largest market share in the global smartphone market in five years. That would require the company to top current leader Samsung, and runner-up Apple. According to IDC, during the fourth quarter of last year Samsung held 21% of the market with Apple not far behind at 19%. Huawei's share was 8.1%.

Last year, Huawei produced its first Nexus device, the Nexus 6P. The stock Android phone was well received in the U.S., perhaps paving the way for Huawei's decision to invade the U.S. smartphone market. In Europe, Huawei started putting its branded phones inside carrier's stores by paying for in-store promotion. As a result, Huawei's shipments in Western Europe rose 51% last year, beating Apple's 15% growth and Samsung's 2%. This might be a strategy Huawei employs in the states.

source: WSJ

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P9
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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14 Comments

1. Chilidog

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

How are they on updates? Could be tempting...

4. ascendroger

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

I've had my P8 Lite since last May and it received 6 updates, including a stagefright patch. It's currently on the beta phase for Marshmallow and an EMUI update. I think they're actually good. Better than most actually.

7. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Why u care about some stupid updates ? Just u can't be satisfied u have freaking new device ???! Fk sake ppl u are so brainwashed with your updates.. Long time ago end user NEVER touched and messed about some firmware updates .. ! it was TABU like 15 years ago .. Everybody had fkin device and were satisfied Had no idea that their device can /could be firmware updated..Only manufacturer did it.. Now after years manuf. gave this to end user to maintain and they going stupidly crazy, naive when pointless or marketing update gonna release.. Really naive kids here.. I am still running 5.0 on my android device.. ANd I would be so happy if I could have KK 4.4.2 or 4.4.4 best android of times !

8. Plutonium239

Posts: 1113; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You do realize, without updates, your phone(or for that matter any device connected to the internet or fallen into the wrong hands) your phones security vulnerabilities go unpatched and then can be exploited for nefarious purposes, right? Timely updates are vital to security. This is why the home edition of Windows 10 does not allow users to delay or ignore updates, its for their own good and for the good of every other windows user. If Google, android manufacturers and carriers adopted the same attitude, then Android would be more secure(or less vulnerable, however you prefer to phrase it).

10. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Ok, after struggling through your post what you're saying makes no sense. Today's phones are released with issues and bugs. Would you want a phone with problems that you'd have to keep for one or more years. If something is broken, I want an update to fix it. I had the horrible Galaxy S (Epic) for two years and they NEVER fixed the GPS or the laggy touchwiz UI. OF COURSE I WANT UPDATES TO FIX BROKEN CRAP.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Can huawei make their chipset, at LEAST ONE of them have a good GPU core inside...

3. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

It's gonna be a tough challenge, but it's a good think. They had a really good 2015 , it's up to them to keep the momentum

6. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I smell leica optics :)

9. Elfmonster unregistered

75 percent sure I'll be buying the P9 Max. Actually sort of excited about it. I hate phone excitement. It never meets full expectations. But I have hope this is the Droid I'm looking for.

12. biradar

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Huawei never launches its phones in India, they only focus on China

13. biradar

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

They only have Nexus device on India, due to Google

14. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I would prefer a more stock Android build and a Snapdragon chip for the US, but overall I would enjoy some cheap competition. Xiaomi and Meizu would be cool too.

15. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I've had a Mate2 for almost 2 years. I love it! The price & battery were the 2 main selling features. I won't be buying the P9max though. WAY TOO EXPENSIVE, for a PHONE. Once the 9 is released, the Mate8 price will probably drop, which is what I'm leaning to. Paying 700-900 for a PHONE, no matter how overpowered, is nuts in my mind.

16. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I don't see anything appealing about the P9.. Maybe if it was $200 cheaper. They can try selling it on gethuawei.com for $400.

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