Huawei CEO: Gushes about Apple, says they make the best 5G phones
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Huawei has been doing it tough lately thanks to the US trade sanctions imposed by the former Trump Administration. For the most part, the sanctions have dramatically impacted its smartphone, tablet and laptop businesses -- areas which the company has competed against Apple in directly. Despite this CEO Ren Zhengfei, a renowned Apple fan, has continued to offer gushing praise for the competition saying that the iPhone 12 is “the world’s best” 5G smartphone.
The comments will certainly raise the eyebrows of Android fans and in particular, companies like Samsung which has been pushing 5G technology right from the start. Apple, as we know, is often later to the market with new technologies often waiting for a level of maturity, which in this case related to the roll out of 5G networks. In fact, it is in this context that Zhengfei made his remarks, to emphasize the quality of Huawei’s 5G networks and how the iPhone 12 range makes for a perfect pairing.
In further remarks to Forbes, Zhengfei had this to say:
We support the progress made by Apple's iPhone 12,” he said, ‘[which] has been able to achieve download speeds of 1.82 Gbps, making it the best in the world… We helped build the best 5G networks in many cities around the world: Berlin, Munich, Madrid, Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Vienna, Barcelona, Seoul, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Riyadh… Our networks in Europe top global network performance tests.
While Huawei may be faced with huge challenges with its mobile and computing businesses, its 5G network technologies continue to help drive its profitability even in the face of the US trade ban. According to Forbes, rumors circulating in China suggest that Huawei is on track for an 11.2 percent increase in profit of US$9.9 billion on revenues of US$136 billion for 2020. At some point, it seems likely that (unless the Biden Administration reverses course), Huawei’s business will take a hit from its inability to compete in the high-end segment against Apple and Samsung in global markets without access to the latest Arm technologies and Google services.