10 Facts About Huawei That We’re Suddenly Interested In

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Some of us have fallen in love with Huawei phones because of their Leica camera.

If you were planning to get a Huawei phone, you might want to think twice after the Google ban.

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Some of you reading this may be up in arms about the latest move because you were planning to get a Huawei phone.

Well, since your opinion probably won’t make an impact, all you can do is sit back, pray, consider another phone or read this article on ten facts about Huawei that you’re suddenly very interested in..

1. World’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment

According to Huawei’s official website, Huawei is “a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices”, “across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services”.

In layman terms, this means that they own the largest share of any form of infrastructure related to telecommunications, transmission lines and any electric components used in telecommunications.

Basically, there is a lot more to Huawei than really good camera phones, and it seems like many countries are dependent on their products for basic infrastructure.

2. World’s second largest manufacturer of smartphones

When you think smartphones, the first two brands that will come to mind would be Apple or Samsung. Well, guess what? Huawei has overtaken Apple as the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world.

That is pretty impressive!

Over in Singapore, it’s the third most used brand, losing out to only Apple and Samsung. Out of ten people in your office, one would be using a Huawei.

3. Huawei is the leading company in 5G development 

In Singapore, most of us would be familiar with 3G and 4G as our data plans use that. But here’s the king of 5G development: Huawei.

5G refers to the fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity. It will enable a quicker download of data and uploading speeds. On top of that, there is a wider coverage and more stable connections.

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This means that information can be passed at an even faster rate (as though the speed of life is not fast enough).

4. Artificial intelligence (AI) 

Huawei brings us one step closer to robots taking over the world. 

According to Huawei’s website, AI allows machines to ‘think, adapt and demonstrate human-like intelligence’.

The progress of AI could change the types of jobs available dramatically.

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Of course, many other companies are working on AI as well, though it won’t be surprising if Huawei comes out with the best-est one.

5. Brand value of US$8.4 billion

Seeing that Huawei has such a big stake in the technology sector, it is not surprising that Huawei has a brand value of US$8.4 billion. This net worth continues to grow every day as Huawei expands in different countries.

This valuation puts Huawei on Forbes’ list of most valuable brands as number 79. #AsianPride

6. The founder was 42 when he started the company

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By now you may be amazed by how big a company Huawei actually is. What will wow you more is the age at which the founder started Huawei. Companies like Apple and Microsoft were built from scratch and famously started when its founders were in college.

Ren Zhengfei may not be as familiar to you as Steve Jobs or Tim Cook Apple but he is the founder of Huawei and he started the company at 42. #NeverSayNever

Before Huawei, he was serving the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as a military technologist. Perhaps that inspired his venture into starting the company, but that’s also one of the sparks of the controversy that Huawei engaged in spying other countries.

He is now 74 and has a net worth of USD$1.7 billion.

7. Environmentally conscious

Huawei is using its business clout to support green development too!

As part of its Global Industry Vision, it aims to make technology more sustainable by reducing the energy consumption and emissions of the industry by 2020.

This is done through Huawei’s Smart City solutions which are being used in 120 cities across 40 countries!

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8. Huawei is 32 years old 

Most of us would think that Huawei is a new brand. However, the company has been around since 1987.

The reason why we only know of its cameras phones here in Singapore recently? It’s only in recent years that they’ve branched out to Singapore aggressively.

9. Its facial recognition technology saves lives 

Huawei has been accused of spying by many countries. Or some people may be afraid of being under surveillance while they are on the street.

However, at the Huawei Connect Conference in 2017, it was shared that Huawei’s facial recognition technology actually enabled the police to capture the lady who tried to kidnap a boy in 15 hours!

It was able to do so even though the video clip of the woman was fuzzy.

That is pretty impressive, isn’t it?

And also…pretty scary?

10. The headquarters is in China

Many tech companies flock to Silicon Valley to set up their headquarters. However, Huawei has remained rooted in its country of origin and is in Shenzhen, China.

And it’s not just a building. It’s a campus with its own train. Here, take a look at how big it is:

So there you go, ten facts about this smartphone giant that was recently dragged kicking and screaming into the limelight by Google.