Aug 30 AT 12:24 PM Edgar Cervantes 30 Comments

Will Huawei’s “low-end” reputation affect its future?


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.

Via: Phandroid

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • uzunoff

    If Huawei wants to make a good impression on the Android community, The one thing they can do and this is a pretty big one is to provide timely updates.

    If they manage to achieve that, everyone will be buying Huawei devices. At least that is what I will be recommending.
    As long as the hardware is comparable as far as quality goes, (and Chinese manufacturers have a bad reputation on that) they should have no issues capturing market shares

    • thel0nerang3r

      Take a look at your phone. Where is it made? Most are made in China…..shocker!!!!

      • uzunoff

        none are engineered in China

        • Tom

          Really? How do you know? As far as we know, all engineering could be outsourced to China, and it probably is.

          • M0nk

            HTC is considered the best brand by many, designed and manufactured mostly in china (HQ in taiwan is close to china)


    My beef really comes with it coming from China and its proceeds mostly benefiting its RED Army. Call me whatever but I have issues supporting an Army hat defends a communists pary

    As for its low end products affecting its reputation. I d say it is hard but no impossible. Just ask…

    Vizio, who puts out good quality high end stuff but cant help be looked at as a lower end brand by the market

    But then loo at Hyundai who also was looked at and to a degree still is looked at as a low end Brand but is quickly being recognized as a force in the auto industry..

    Im older so I remember when Samsung was a trash brand. Look at them now

    • Oliver

      If thats the case then you already are supporting the communist party, because everything we buy is basically made in China.

      • BiGMERF

        Nick nack patty wack…. It is well known that this brand’s profits almost exclusively goes to there military.

        • thel0nerang3r

          Source please.

          • BiGMERF

            In 2008 Military Report to the Congress,[123] Pentagon stated that Huawei “maintains close ties” to Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA). In the same year, the proposed merger of US-based communications company 3COM Corp by Huawei met with US Congress investigation[124] and subsequent determination by Director of National Intelligence that “3Com-Huawei merger would undermine U.S. national security”. In September 2009, Australian security agency ASIO started investigating the alleged links between local Huawei employees and the PLA.[125]

            In May 2010, Huawei purchased US computer company 3Leaf systems for $2 million. Several months later in February 2011 this deal was blocked after a review by the US Committee of Foreign Investment citing security concerns based on their links to the Chinese army.[131]

            just grabbed this from wiki. want more pull a search yourself :)

          • kazahani

            Wow. I have to admit Merf, I thought you were full of crap. Good grab.

          • Dirty_Azkals

            Naw, its just some good ol’ fashion jingoism by bone bags in Congress that can barely even use technology made by Huawei.

            “A group of eight US Senators has filed a letter with the Treasury Department expressing concern over Huawei’s alleged ties with everything from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to present-day Iran to China’s own People’s Liberation Army, saying that such a company “should not be able to do business” in the country.”


            What happened to America being a land of opportunity?

          • thel0nerang3r

            Wikepedia as a source? Might as well gone with 4chan.

          • Merridus

            “Wikepedia as a source? Might as well gone with 4chan.”

            The only difference being that huge list of references at the bottom of course

  • jonez

    Quality of experience will boost any reputation. The moto, Samsung and LG phones I’ve owned have all had great reputations but lacked on the experience side. Plus, all of those guys also produce low end androids as well, which hasn’t affected their reputation. Build a good high end device, market and price it right and people will come. Especially with Android being so new.

  • JeffDenver

    They make pretty good products actually. Especially by Chinese standards. China is not exactly known for their quality.

    The phones I have used from them have been good actually. I agree that timely updates and minimal UI intrusion are the best way to build a good reputation. Their hardware is pretty good IMO.

    • Tom

      With China, you get exactly what you pay for. They can make junk and great quality stuff.

  • Futureboy

    “Will Huawei’s “low-end” reputation affect its future? ”

    One only needs to look at Hyundai for the answer to that question. The first cars they produced were uncomfortable budget daily drivers of, at times, questionable quality. Now they build some solid, high-quality cars at a very attractive prices.

    And I’m sure that this is the story for a number of manufacturers in their early days.

    As long as Huawei puts out attractive, well-built devices and support them (warranty and updates) there’s no reason they can’t establish themselves as a high-end device manufacturer.

  • Alvin B.

    Seriously, the only thing they need to do is change the name. Americans don’t like names they can’t pronounce or that SOUND like they’re foreign. To most people, names like Samsung, Hitatchi, Toyota, etc, don’t really sound foreign – but that’s because we’ve been hearing them for 50 years. They’re also easy to read and pronounce, whereas Huawei leaves most Americans unsure how to even pronounce it. Along with “unpronounceable” people tend to think “knockoff”… It may be wrong, but that’s the way it is.

    • NerveBag

      I wondered if anyone would bring that up. The name just *sounds* cheap and unreliable to American ears, whether we consciously think it or not. They could take years off their “dues paying” in the US just by changing that horrible name to something more America-friendly.

      • Dirty_Azkals

        “In 1995, to better compete in the Western market, the company was renamed “LG”, the abbreviation of “Lucky Goldstar”. More recently, the company associates the letters LG with the company tagline “Life’s Good” This tagline came from Australia, where many of the products are tested first by LG. Since 2009, LG also owns the domain name”

        Gee, I guess LG did the name thing a long time ago. “Lucky Goldstar Thrill 4g” does sound like a better name for a phone though lol.

    • Tom

      And unless you have any familarity with Mandarin, you would never know that it’s pronounced “Whyway”

      • Dirty_Azkals

        “Who-whey” is how I though it sounds, at least I know how to correctly pronounce Nguyen : )

        Thanks for the tip.

  • Steven

    My wife has the Ideos S7 Slim tablet and loves it. It’s a really solid, well-built, fast device. Aside from the fact that it’s on 2.2, it’s pretty great for someone who only wants a 7″ device and doesn’t want to go bankrupt paying for the ridiculously overpriced HTC Flyer. I always thought of them as a cheap, low-end company, but now that I have some hands-on experience with one of their products, I’m pretty excited to see what they have coming out in the future. I will agree, though, that the name has to change for the US market. When I tell people what kind of tablet it is, every person says “what” or “how do you spell that?” and I’m fairly sure they all briefly thought I was having a stroke when I said it.

  • Rashad

    I haven’t even heard of this brand… that can’t be good for business. But if they put out a series of good phones, people will take notice.

    • M0nk

      It is known in the carrier and enterprise market, not in consumer market yet. It is the largest networking and telecommunications equipment supplier in China (think a Cisco competitor) and the second-largest supplier of mobile telecommunications infrastructure equipment in the world (after Ericsson)

  • Tom

    Hauwei might have a “low-quality” reputation in the Western world, but it certainly does not in Asia. They just have to get the message out to the West that they are a good manufacturer. Huawei is pretty similar to Haier in this respect.

  • Dirty_Azkals

    WTF is Haier ?!?!

    Hmmmmm…….sounds like a German company founded by a German guy with a skinny mustache on his upper lip with a hair part to my American ears.

  • h3csc

    I would say either change the horrible Chinese fake phone like name to something simple maybe HW like what HTC had done (they were called high tech company back in those days) or they can make a subsidiary brand with a better markettinh scheme.


    Take a look at the rumored tablet that is coming to tmo lter this year.. Look at the specs.. Beastly !