Nowadays it is becoming very hot discussion that what is the Huawei’s Latest Smartphone and which type of features it has. In Beijing, Huawei Technologies has released a new series of smartphones that are getting attention worldwide. These phones show that Huawei may have found a way around US sanctions and could become a competitor to Apple.
In late August, the company introduced the Mate 60 and Mate 60 Pro. On September 9, they launched two more smartphones: the Mate X5, a new version of their foldable phones, and the Mate 60 Pro+.
The starting price for the Mate 60 is 5,999 yuan ($817.70), which is the same as Apple’s iPhone 14 in China.
Now, let’s dive into some important details about Huawei’s new phones, their suppliers, and what this could mean for the world’s largest smartphone market.
What Can the Mate 60 Series Do?
Huawei has been promoting the Mate 60 series for its remarkable ability to support satellite communications. This means users can make calls or send messages even in places where there’s no mobile signal or internet, like mountains or at sea. While Huawei hasn’t revealed specific chip details, TechInsights, an analysis firm, has identified that the phone runs on a new Kirin 9000s chip produced in China by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC).
Buyers in China have conducted speed tests and shared their findings on social media. These tests suggest that the Mate 60 Pro can achieve download speeds that surpass those of high-end 5G phones.
Chinese consumers who’ve compared these phones to Apple’s latest iPhone 14 have posted reviews online. They note similarities in specifications such as storage and memory. Notably, Huawei’s launch precedes Apple’s expected release of the new iPhone 15 on September 12.
Who Supplies the Mate 60?
Huawei hasn’t officially revealed the suppliers for the components in the Mate 60 phones. However, according to TechInsights, they discovered that South Korea’s SK Hynix provides DRAM and NAND components for the phone. Interestingly, SK Hynix had stopped doing business with Huawei in 2019 when the United States imposed restrictions on the company. SK Hynix is now investigating this situation. TechInsights also noted that the Mate 60 Pro includes more chip components made in China compared to previous models.
There have been lists circulating online suggesting possible Chinese suppliers, and the stocks of these companies have surged due to the speculation. Many of these companies already supply components to Huawei. For example, shares in Dongguan Chitwing Technology Co. Ltd, a mold manufacturer, saw a 10 percent increase in the days following Huawei’s launch. They have not responded to Reuters’ request for comment.
Another company, Suzhou-based display maker Visionox Technology, has seen a 15 percent rise in its shares since the Mate 60 series was launched on August 29. They confirmed to Reuters that they are indeed a supplier for the new Mate 60 series.
What Could It Mean for Apple in China’s Smartphone Market?
Once upon a time, Huawei was the biggest smartphone seller in the world. However, their market share started to decline steadily when the United States restricted their access to crucial chip-making tools required for producing advanced phone models. As a result, Huawei could only sell a limited number of 5G models using chips they had stored.
In China, which is the largest smartphone market globally, Huawei’s market share dropped to 11 percent this year from 27 percent in 2020. Part of this decline was also due to Huawei selling its budget brand, Honor, as a strategy to survive.
With Huawei’s setback, Apple became the main producer of high-end smartphones in China. During this period, Apple’s market share in China grew from 11 percent to 19 percent, as reported by research firm Counterpoint.
Experts believe that the Mate 60 could be Huawei’s chance to make a comeback as a competitor. Its sales might be boosted by patriotic pride, as state media and internet users in China celebrate the launch as a victory against the United States, especially during times of escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from TF International Securities, predicts that the Mate 60 Pro could ship between 5.5 to 6 million units in the second half of this year, a 20 percent increase from their previous estimates. Additionally, Kuo suggests that cumulative shipments of the Mate 60 Pro could reach at least 12 million units within 12 months after its launch.