A senior employee of Chinese manufacturer Huawei claims that the company will become the world’s biggest maker of smartphones within five years.
Wan Biao, the firm’s chief executive, made the claims in an interview with The Telegraph. Biao said that the mobile industry can change quickly: “If you look back five years ago, Apple is small, Samsung is not so big.
“You can’t see where we’ll be in five years. At least top three. Maybe number one.”
Biao’s claims may not be as far fetched as they first seem, since figures from mobile industry analysts IDC for the last quarter of 2012 indicate that Huawei is already the third biggest selling firm in the smartphone world.
If this kind of performance continues then it may only be a matter of the manufacturer hanging on to its market share rather than vastly increasing it.
Much like HTC in the past, Huawei has built up its business over a period of time by making branded phones for other firms. However, the company also produces a huge range of other telecoms hardware and last year overtook Ericsson to become the world’s largest producer of telecommunications equipment.
While the firm may not have a massive presence on the UK high street its Ascend P1 impressed us when we reviewed it last year and the firm also unveiled a new flagship, the Ascend P2, at MWC 2013, a devices that could serve to increase awareness in this country.