Talk about Chinese brands which have shaken the Indian market, and you’ll find yourself coming up with a lot of names. But talk about prominent brands who have made it stick, not just in India, but also on a global platform, and the undisputed winner would be Huawei.
Chinese supercorp Huawei has been on a launch spree for quite some time – strengthening its brand images, coming up with a sub-brand and also partnering with Google to deliver the latest Nexus device, while at the same time maintaining a very competitive pricing strategy. In this article, we take a look at the brand, and some of the more prominent devices that it has to offer.
HUAWEI: BRIEF OVERVIEW
Founded in 1987, Huawei has definitely made it big in the mobile sector, surpassing Ericsson in 2012 as the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world. Quite recently, it overtook Xiaomi as the largest smartphone manufacturer in China.
As for the operations within India, the company opened a research and development sector in Bengaluru for developing software. Keeping in tune with the Make in India campaign, the company is planning to invest US $500 million to set up a telecom manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu.
Overall, the company is targeting a revenue of $150 million through its enterprise business solutions in the country within the next one year or so.
HUAWEI PRODUCT LINEUP IN THE COUNTRY
In India, Huawei manufactures phones broadly under the Honor sub-brand umbrella, and the Ascend umbrella. The Honor brand is arguably the more popular one, with the sub-brand offering a multitude of devices with great features at a low price bracket. Added to this is of course the stand alone Nexus 6P, which has been jointly manufactured by Google and Huawei.
Taking a look at some of the more popular devices, here’s a brief skim over the current devices from the brand in the country.
This is one of the more recent entrants by the company within the country. The Honor 5X offers a body adorned with a metallic finish, decent specifications and a fingerprint sensor to boot, all within a price tag which won’t burn a hole in consumers’ pockets.
The display on the Honor 5X is a 5.5-inch full HD IPS panel. The processor humming under the hood is the powerful Snapdragon 616 chipset Octa-Core processor. This offers four cores clocked at 1.5GHz, and four cores clocked at 1.2GHz, and is arguably one of the best processors in the mid-range segment.
The rear snapper has a resolution of 13MP, and the front facing shooter has a resolution of 5MP. Camera features include Quick Shooting, Panorama modes and fixed / auto focus. The aperture length on the front facing shooter is f/2.4, there’s a 22mm wide-angle lens with four elements and a blue glass infrared filter to capture those special moments perfectly.
Memory capabilities on the device include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage which can be further expanded to 128GB via Micro SD cards. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor which is housed beneath the rear camera, and the battery capacity is 3,000mAh with integrated Smart Power 3.0.
The OS running the show is Android 5.1 Lollipop with Huawei’s own EMUI 3.1 layered on top. With a price tag of Rs. 12,999/-, it offers stiff competition to existing players such as the Moto G 3rd Gen.
A phone which can be regarded as the elder sibling of the Honor 5X, the Honor 7 offers very capable features in an attractive metallic body.
The processor under the hood is a powerful Kirin 935 Octa-Core processor, which can give the Snapdragon chipsets a run for their money with the kind of clock speeds it offers: four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four clocked at 1.5GHz. The GPU is Mali-T628.
The display on the Honor 7 is a 5.2-inch Full HD TFT display. Optics department has stellar numbers, with the rear facing shooter having a resolution of 20MP and the front facing snapper having a resolution of 8MP. The front facing camera is accompanied with a flash too.
The memory capabilities include 3GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM, which can be further expanded to 128GB using Micro SD cards. There’s a fingerprint sensor, smart voice wake up controls, and the OS running the show is Android v5 Lollipop. The battery life has a capacity of 3,100mAh, which can offer well over a day’s worth of life with heavy usage.
Priced at Rs. 22,999/- it offers some of the best features for a mid-range price segment.
Perhaps the phone which received the most global acclaim in recent times, besides the iPhone lineup, has to be the Nexus 6P. Manufactured by Huawei, the Nexus 6P offers a beautiful metallic body, top of the line hardware which are worthy of a Nexus device and of course the extra goodness which comes with the latest version of Android, the Nexus 6P is in most ways the most powerful Android phone in recent times.
Features of the Nexus 6P include a 5.7-inch QHD display at the front. The processor under the hood is the top of the line Snapdragon 810 v2.1 chipset – which is a 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz. The rear facing shooter has a resolution of 12.3MP, while the front facing shooter has a resolution of 8MP.
Memory capabilities include 3GB of RAM and 32 / 64GB of onboard storage. Additional features include a fingerprint sensor, 3,450 mAh battery and USB Type-C. The OS onboard is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The pricing is at Rs. 39,999/- for the 32GB variants, and Rs. 42,999/- for the 64GB variants. The specia Gold edition will set the buyer back by Rs. 43,999/-.
OTHER PHONES FROM HUAWEI
SERVICE CENTERS IN INDIA
The company has about 120 service centers throughout the country, so there aren’t any worries regarding the after sales service and support.
Huawei’s phones are an intricate combination of style and substance. The recent phones from the brand come with a sheen and metallic build that can be possessed by perhaps the best of the best, with specifications that are nod worthy from the most critical reviewers.
Huawei’s devices can be considered if you’re looking for a decent, all-rounder device which is light on the pocket and at the same time doesn’t skimp out much on features.