As previously stated, Huawei is making a big push towards high-end smartphones worldwide, and in the United States in particular. In a bit of non-specific PR relayed to GSM Arena, the company promised to unveil “our smartest, fastest and most high-performing smartphone yet” in an event just before the start of Mobile World Congress in February. Consider our interest thoroughly peaked.
Huawei has been making leaps and bounds as an OEM. It’s become one of the top ten phone manufactures, shipping 10.6 million phones worldwide in the third quarter – for comparison, Motorola shipped 11.2 million. That’s total phone,s not smarpthones or Android phones in particular, but it’s hard to deny that they’re gaining momentum quickly. With a growing footprint and capital, they could rise above the crows of Chinese manufacturers and take on the likes of ZTE and LG in 2012.
Huawei’s hardware is pretty respectable too. We lamented the T-Mobile Springboard, AKA the Huawei Mediapad, but only because of a spotty implementation of Honeycomb; the tablet itself is a solid piece of hardware. Early reviews of the Honor/Glory/Mercury are positive, and in some markets it’s the very first device to receive an over-the-air Android 4.0 update. Huawei’s Vision even earned a design award last month.
Android Community will be on hand in Barcelona, covering all the latest smartphones. We’ll be sure to bring you Huawei’s Spanish surprise, whatever it turns out to be.