As of April 2016, India is the second-largest consumer of cellphones on the planet, and Huawei is playing a huge part in it.
We don’t think you will be surprised if we tell you that Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries and it ranked third in world mobile phone shipments in 2015.
When it comes to offering the latest Android smartphones, Huawei has been at the forefront, and the company will be launching an exciting new device soon. Christened P9, the new smartphone is rumoured to be launched not only with a dual-camera module, but also a feature that is directly targeted for the Indian market - a panic button functionality. The upcoming P9 further emphasises Huawei’s India commitment that caters to Indian needs by offering local customisation on a real-time basis. Such a feature can be of great help in the time of a crisis, when you need help in the shortest time possible.
Coming back to the one feature that is most consumed on smartphones - cameras. According to sources, the P9 will be offered with a dual-lens system courtesy Leica. That in itself should mean that the optics would be top-notch, which in turn should offer best-in-class imagery. One of the things that a dual-lens system makes possible is the ability to change the depth of field even after you take a shot. Imagine DSLR-like bokeh effects? If you haven't started drooling already, this next bit will get you there. The Huawei's P9 will be offered with dual 12MP cameras on the rear and an 8MP camera on the front. Rejoice, and also expect a stylishly packaged exterior.
Huawei is no guest to making stylish smartphones that are feature-rich and offer performance to boot. They are also a company that has heavily invested in India. They began operations here back in 1999 with their premiere overseas R&D center in Bengaluru. Currently, this is their largest overseas R&D center among the global total of 16, and Huawei has invested upwards of USD 170 million to build it. This facility not only has the capacity for 5000+ engineers, but is also ready for further expansion.
However, that's not all, because after China, Huawei India has the most localised facilities and presence across India, with 14 circle offices, 2 customer experience centers, an R&D center, an Innovation Solution & Demo Center; GNOC operations and 8,000 employees across India (92% Indian) with 3,000 working in R&D. That's a pretty big commitment, we reckon.
Apart from the consumer operations, Huawei plays an important role in the Indian telecom industry that needs innovative cost-effective solutions. The company constantly works on providing its customers with the latest innovative technology while reducing the operating and capital cost of the equipment. Huawei helps Indian operators achieve approximately 30 percent savings in overall TCO.
With the P9, we believe Huawei has an ace up its sleeve and look forward to the big unveil poised to happen later this month. As usual, we will keep you abreast of it - keep watching this space!