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Huawei relentlessly pushing the pace of innovation

Huawei relentlessly pushing the pace of innovation

Less than a decade after it was founded in 1987, Huawei became one of the leading global players in the telecommunication industry, driving growth by focusing on never-ending innovations. Amidst today’s challenging digital world, Huawei continues to grow because it never stops innovating. Innovation is a core value to which the Huawei is relentlessly committed to drive digital transformations and propose to today’s demanding consumers’ groundbreaking products that offer them compelling experiences. Significant investment in R&D to drive innovation Today’s world is becoming more and more intelligent and technological globalization is continually advancing. Against this backdrop, Huawei’s heavily focuses on innovation and significant investment in R&D. Every year, the company invests 10 per cent of its annual revenue in R&D and this has translated into a rich patent portfolio; the company has also set up 16 independent R&D centers around the globe, spanning North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific to integrate the best intellectual resources from around the world and to develop innovation capabilities globally. In the last 10 years, the company invested 45 billion USD in R&D and ranked number 9 in 2016 Top 10 Global R&D investment. Over 90% of Huawei’s intellectual property are invention patents. Today, Huawei holds around 30,000 patents around the world. Focusing on Consumer Demands and Exploring the Ultimate Innovation It’s the spirit of innovation, which has been driving Huawei it to grow rapidly from a small private Chinese company to a global telecommunication leader. Believing that today’s intelligent world requires more advanced technologies, as well as daring innovations and products, Huawei has focused on product innovations that can be experienced by consumers and usher in new waves of technological development. From chipsets to the EMUI system and most recently, artificial intelligence, the company introduced groundbreaking innovations, this taking consumer experience to another level.   Chipsets: For mobile phones, the processing chips are still the core technology. HUAWEI had a solid foundation to develop its own chips. As early as 1991, the company established the ASIC design center mainly to design chips for HUAWEI’s telecommunication equipment. By 2004, HUAWEI founded HiSilicon, a semiconductor company to start developing 3G chips.  The Kirin 970 is the first in a series of new advances that will bring powerful AI features to Huawei devices and changing the way we interact with our devices. As we look to the future of smartphones, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era. Huawei is committed to developing smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience. EMUI: In 2016, Huawei launched the...

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Huawei Ranks 70 on Interbrand’s 2017 Best Global Brands Report

Huawei Ranks 70 on Interbrand’s 2017 Best Global Brands Report

The world’s leading brand consulting firm Interbrand, has announced its 2017 Best Global Brands Report and confirmed Huawei’s move to number 70 –two spots up from its ranking in 2016. Brand valued at approximately USD $6.676 billion; Huawei has grown by 14 percent over the past year. This is the third consecutive year where Huawei has climbed Interbrand’s list, following its debut as the first mainland Chinese brand to be recognized as a Best Global Brand in 2014. Founded in 1974, Interbrand is the world’s largest integrated brand consultancy firm with a customer base encompassing approximately two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies. Its annual ‘Best Brands Ranking’ is highly regarded around the world and is commonly used as an indicator of global brand value. Technology brands continue to dominate Interbrand’s Best Global Brands Reports this year, holding the greatest proportion of the Top 100 rankings. As a technology company committed to excellence in research and development, Huawei’s continued recognition in Interbrand’s rankings is testament to its technological leadership and growing global influence. According to Interbrand, Huawei is accelerating global digital transformations and building a better-connected world by creating enhanced networks. This has contributed to rapid growth of 14 percent in brand value and further highlights the strength of the world-wide company. Huawei’s brand value continues to increase, largely due to steady performance growth and its breakthrough into the consumer electronics market. In the first half of 2017, Huawei’s smartphone shipments rose to 70.01 million, delivering a year-on-year increase of 20.6 percent – outperforming the industry average. Huawei’s premium flagship HUAWEI P and HUAWEI Mate smartphone series has become increasingly popular around the world, strengthening its influence in high-end markets. According to industry analysts IDC, shipment volumes of Huawei smartphones made it the largest manufacturer in China and third largest worldwide in Q2 2017. Huawei’s smartphone global market share has also grown to 11.3 percent, up from 9.8 percent over the same period last year – placing the company within 1 percent of Apple. In addition to its range of smartphones, Huawei also introduced a trio of new MateBook PC products, combining stylish and portable design with powerful performance. Since its launch, the new HUAWEI MateBook range has received significant praise and recognition from media and consumers alike. Huawei continues to be recognised by numerous esteemed institutions and included in the world’s most respected brand rankings lists. In the latest Fortune 500, Huawei was placed in the Top 100 list for the first time, leaping from 129 to 83. Moreover, the company was named as the only Chinese brand in Forbes’ most valuable global brands list in 2017....

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Huawei challenges Apple’s Siri with Mobile AI

Huawei challenges Apple’s Siri with Mobile AI

There was chatter around AI a couple of years ago, triggered by Apple’s voice assistant, Siri. And while voice assistants have retreated into the background, artificial intelligence has kept hold of people’s imaginations and remains a key trend in technology. Early in 2016, Huawei predicted the coming era of AI and proposed the concept of the superphone, implementing a strategy to coordinate AI development in terms of device, cloud and chip. In 2017, Huawei continued their efforts to develop an AI chip, aiming to seize the initiative before its competition. Unsurprisingly, AI development is a priority for many leading organizations and the AI battle is about to commence. According to insider information, Apple is secretly developing an AI chip, which is rumored to be capable of improving its hardware system. Besides boosting the performance of Apple’s consumer level products such as the iPhone and iPad, it will also improve Siri’s capabilities, and will be applied to forward-looking programs like Apple’s autonomous driving system. Besides Apple, another American tech giant, Microsoft, is also expected to get involved in the AI chip, which is likely to bring more uncertainties to the battle. With its brand new mobile AI chip and Mobile AI strategy, Huawei is primed to enter the battlefield, and hopefully become a key player in this domain. The reason behind Huawei’s investment in AI is self-evident. Currently, in domains such as the smartphone, products are homogenized while market competition is getting more and more intense. AI is very much an opportunity for phone makers to survive and thrive, making it a vital battleground. While Apple and Samsung don’t have a clearly defined AI strategy in place, both of them have increased their investment in AI-related R&D activities. The Chinese tech giant Huawei, on the other hand, has announced its own AI chip plan. AI has become a platform for the phone makers to create differentiated value. Driven by the trend, winning AI is winning the future. Apple has always been working to offer highly integrated and smart products, but they are also being criticized for not being innovative enough, which could be a result of the absence of a clearly defined AI strategy. Huawei, quite different from Apple, continually invests in developing its own chips to compete with Qualcomm and Apple. The performance of its mobile chips is no longer a concern as Huawei’s capabilities in research and development are proven. And the upcoming AI chip will be something to look forward...

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Huawei CBG supports the Middle East Innovation Agenda by bringing cutting-edge innovative technologies to Regional Consumers

Huawei CBG supports the Middle East Innovation Agenda by bringing cutting-edge innovative technologies to Regional Consumers

Huawei Consumer Business Group today held a media open day in Dubai, UAE, to discuss the future of innovation in the Middle East region. This is a second stop right after IFA that was held in Berlin on 1st September. Led by Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), Ms. Glory Cheung, and Mr. Gene Jiao, President of Huawei CBG, Middle East & Africa, the event highlighted the key innovations Huawei is driving in the consumer smartphone industry, both globally and regionally, as well as Huawei’s brand ambition to become a global iconic tech brand. Huawei is the third biggest smartphone brand worldwide, and a leader in smartphone industry innovations. Most recently, the brand led a new era in smartphone innovation, revealing its vision for the future of artificial intelligence with the launch of its new chipset, the Kirin 970. With continuous strides at path-breaking innovations, Huawei is bringing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance consumers’ experience. “We see tremendous potential in the Middle East markets and are pleased to support the region’s agenda of fostering innovation” said Ms. Glory Cheung, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei CBG. “Globally, Huawei is a top investor in R&D and we focus on bringing together the world’s best intellectual resources to strengthen our innovation capability. This is to ensure we are constantly delivering intelligent innovations to enhance and exceed mobile experiences of our customers. We look forward to being a part of the region’s innovation agenda and continue to be its champion by brining cutting-edge technologies to the Middle East’s rapidly evolving digital arena.” Ms. Cheung reiterated Huawei’s commitment to fueling innovation and collaborating with leading partners to transform customers’ experience, as well as Huawei’s growing market share year-on-year. Mr. Clement Wong, Head of Global Product Marketing, Huawei CBG highlighted the company’s vision of the next frontier in mobile and introduced Huawei’s newest 970 Kirin – an AI powered Chipset. By combining the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of native AI processing, Huawei has confirmed that it will unveil the Huawei Mate 10 series with Kirin 970 at an event in Munich on October 16. Mr. Clement said, “Huawei is committed to developing smart devices into intelligent devices by building end-to-end capabilities that support coordinated development of chips, devices, and the cloud. The ultimate goal is to provide a significantly better user experience. The Kirin 970 is the first in a series of new advances that will bring powerful AI features to our devices and take them beyond the competition.” The event followed by an insightful presentation by Mr. Gene Jiao, President of Huawei CBG, Middle East & Africa focusing on Huawei’s expanding role across...

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Huawei Partners with TÜV Rheinland for Certification of SuperCharge Technology

Huawei Partners with TÜV Rheinland for Certification of SuperCharge Technology

Huawei Consumer Business Group today announced its cooperation with TÜV Rheinland to certify Huawei’s SuperCharge technology. Certification will mark the first time an end-to-end fast-charging technology has successfully completed the rigorous tests set forth by the world-renowned safety experts. Testing encompasses every component, requiring adapters, IC circuits and charging cable materials to pass safety,  low temperature and thermal shock tests. Submitting itself to the stringent oversight of TÜV Rheinland demonstrates Huawei’s continued mission to deliver the most innovative features on the market, and highlights Huawei’s commitment to delivering not only faster charging but more importantly safer charging. “Over the past 145 years, TÜV Rheinland has committed itself to ensuring that complex devices and products meet rigorous safety standards that meet consumer expectations,” said Kalyan Varma, VP of Business Field Electrical, Products, Global of TÜV Rheinland. “With the growing demand for fast charging solutions, we’re glad to work with Huawei to certify its SuperCharge technology using our proven testing methods and battery expertise. In the drive for continued innovation, we must always keep consumer safety at the forefront.” “With each of our products, we strive not only to deliver the features and performance that consumers are looking for – but to go beyond where our competitors are in terms of experience,” said Bruce Li, Vice President of Handset Business at Huawei Consumer Business Group. “By working with the storied experts at TÜV Rheinland, we’re able to deliver a device that not only offers incredibly fast charging but does so with a safety assurance that our competitors cannot match.” HUAWEI’s SuperCharge technology enables continuous “communication” between the device and the charger. By monitoring every single point of the charging cycle, it is able to intelligently auto-adjust voltage and current output to maximize charging speed based on the capacity of the phone, adapter and cable. To keep Huawei’s fast-charging phones cool, Huawei SuperCharge uses a 4.5V/5A low-voltage charging solution. In addition, the connectors and charging jack on Huawei’s devices are programmed to automatically suspend the supply of electricity if they come into contact with water. This intelligent safeguard is in place to prevent short circuits and device...

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Huawei Reveals the Future of Mobile AI at IFA 2017

Huawei Reveals the Future of Mobile AI at IFA 2017

IFA 2017, Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled a new era in smartphone innovation. As part of CEO Richard Yu’s keynote address, he revealed Huawei’s vision for the future of artificial intelligence with the launch of the Kirin 970. By combining the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of native AI processing, Huawei is bringing AI experiences to life and changing the way we interact with our devices. After years of development, Cloud AI has seen broad application, but user experience still has room for improvement, including latency, stability, and privacy. Cloud AI and On-Device AI can complement each other. On-Device AI offers strong sensing capabilities, which are the foundation of understanding and assisting people. Sensors produce a large amount of real-time, scenario-specific, and personalized data. Supported by strong chip processing capabilities, devices will become more cognitive of user needs, providing truly personalized and readily accessible services. Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a new generation 12-core GPU. Built using a 10nm advanced process, the chipset packs 5.5 billion transistors into an area of only one cm².  Huawei’s new flagship Kirin 970 is Huawei’s first mobile AI computing platform featuring a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). Compared to a quad-core Cortex-A73 CPU cluster, the Kirin 970’s new heterogeneous computing architecture delivers up to 25x the performance with 50x greater efficiency. Simply put, the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with far less power. In a benchmark image recognition test, the Kirin 970 processed 2,000 images per minute, which was faster than other chips on the market. New developments in AI require joint effort across the entire value chain, involving tens of millions of developers, and the experience and feedback of hundreds of millions of users. Huawei is positioning the Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, opening up the chipset to developers and partners who can find new and innovative uses for its processing...

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