A couple of weeks ago, Huawei sent us to China to visit their offices and R & D Center. During the trip, we learned many things about the company’s systems, processes, and direction.
Huawei is already 30 years in the game and they started their humble beginnings in the then small fishing village located in Shenzhen, China. Ren Zhengfei, the founder, established the business with a capital of $3,500. Since then, it has grown immensely and it’s the first ever Chinese brand to ship more than 100 million smartphones.
Huawei has a total of 15 Research and Development Centers around the globe, and 12 of them are focused solely on mobile products. From the US, Paris, Japan, and India, there’s a Huawei research team working around the clock.
The company has three priorities when it comes to their products. First, it should be of premium quality and not just something that was quickly put together to maximize profit. Second, it should give an optimum user experience. And lastly, it should come with innovations in technology.
According to Internet Report 2017 and Huawei user research, internet usage will inevitably double its current average daily use in 2 years, which means that people will spend more time online. This means that people will be even more connected than ever, and usage of mobile devices will drastically increase in the next year or two.
Approximately 60% of smartphone users love taking photos and it’s set to go even higher as handsets with great cameras are continuing to improve.
Huawei is taking notice of the growth of mobile payments so they’re also expanding in that direction with an aptly called Huawei Pay service. It’s now live in some parts of China and it’s been integrated deep in the system. We also got the chance to experience WePay but we’ll share that story in another article.
Leica, one of the best in the world when it comes to cameras, has also worked with Huawei in providing top of the class photography capabilities to its smartphones. The P9 debuted the collaboration and the performance just kept getting better with the Mate 9 and P10. And if rumors were to be believed, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro might just snatch the best smartphone camera title from the iPhone.
Vision is nothing without taking action, that’s why Huawei is investing a huge part of their revenue in R & D. In the past 10 years, the Chinese company has spent over $45 billion in Research and Development to improve their products and services. With that amount of dedication and investment, it’s no surprise that Huawei is at the forefront of technological advancements in the past few years.
In the next article, we’ll show you the Huawei R & D Center in Beijing as well as the different tests given to their products before going to the hands of the consumers.