Android’s success is due mostly to its open nature and diversity. While high-end devices are exciting for the tech enthusiasts, affordable mid-range to high-end smartphones are even more exciting for the common consumer. Carriers now offer Android smartphones that are cheaper than what the Motorola Razr once cost. This has lead to an explosion in the Android platform and an option for every person, regardless of economic class or style.
One of the most important contributors to these affordable devices has definitely been Huawei. With devices like the Huawei Ascend and the Ideos, customers no longer have to break the bank (or sign contracts) to own a smartphone.
Eventually, though, Android users become Android fans. After realizing the awesomeness that is Android, you begin to crave devices with better processors, more ram and greater specs overall. Huawei seems to be left out of this phase; the company is not known for making high-end devices.
But Huawei is trying to move up the ladder. While the company’s new devices might very well compete against current high-end Android smartphones, Huawei’s reputation seems to be getting in the way of success.
The two most notable devices in Huawei’s “higher-end” portfolio are the MediaPad and the recently leaked Huawei Honor. The Huwei Honor comes packed with a 1.4 GHz processor (quantity of cores unknown), Android 2.3, a 4-inch display, a 5 MP camera with 720p HD recording and a 1930 mAh battery.
Not only do these specs look promising, but the device itself looks good. As you can see, it looks much like Samsung‘s devices, which are known for their aesthetics. Measuring only 9.9 mm in thickness, it’s very thin and portable. This also means it looks much like the iPhone, though. Watch out for lawsuits, Huawei!
This device doesn’t sound bad, and it looks very good. Many users seem to have a certain opinion on Huawei as a manufacturer, though. We usually hear things like, “I would get it if it wasn’t made by Huawei,” or “Eh… It’s still Huawei.”
You can only wonders what Huawei would have to do to get rid of this bad reputation. Maybe risk being unsuccessful in the high-end smartphone market for a while? Huawei could also offer very good devices at a lower price, just so people can see the improvement in its work. This, mixed with some good share of timely updates, just might bring Huawei up in the world.
What do you guys think about the Huawei Honor? Would you consider this device? What if it was made by one of the major manufacturers (e.g. HTC, Samsung, Motorola, etc.)? Imagine these specs with another brand slapped on the device. Would it make a difference? How long do you think it will be before Huawei loses this reputation? Let us know what you think about the matter at hand. Take some time to check out what Huawei is capable of. Who knows? Huawei’s contribution just might be able to improve if they begin to grow.