Huawei is on a success rocket with consumers around (most of) the world. In a few years, the company turned from the cheap smartphone maker we barely looked at to a flagship machine. That strategy has paid off. Once out of the top ranking of smartphone brands, it now sits comfortably in third place, behind Samsung and Apple, growing while their numbers continue to shrink. But Huawei is not content about that bronze medal, it wants gold and it aims to get it soon.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, made this clear in a statement saying, "Huawei and HONOR are likely to become the world's largest smartphone manufacturer this year." This is a bold declaration, but since the group oversees both Huawei and its Honor sub-brand, the combined numbers simplify that mission.

But that's not the only goal Yu has in mind. A longterm plan involves Huawei (alone) becoming the top manufacturer in the world, and Honor making it to fourth position. It's not clear when that is predicted to happen, but in the meantime, Huawei has re-confirmed its commitment to Honor. After all, if you could have two players in the top five, while others struggled to keep only one, why would you not?

Press Release

Huawei and HONOR Release New Goals for Dual Brand Strategy

HONG KONG, April 3, 2019 -- Mr. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG has announced the company's new strategic goals on his official Sina Weibo account:

  • Huawei will become the world's largest smartphone manufacturer
  • HONOR will become the 2nd largest smartphone manufacturer in China, and 4th in the world
  • The company will support HONOR in the development of cutting-edge products and continue its investments in technology innovation, channel distribution and retail strategies while maintaining a firm dual-brand strategy between HONOR and Huawei. Both brands will maintain a forward-thinking mindset and help create an intelligent, fully-connected world.
    According to Mr. Richard Yu, he believes that "Huawei Consumer BG has arrived at a brand new stage," and that "Huawei and HONOR are likely to become the world's largest smartphone manufacturer this year."

These new goals come after the company has achieved all seven strategic goals set by Mr. Richard Yu in 2012, including:

  • Transform from ODM non-branded operator customization to an independent OEM brand
  • Upgrade from low-end to mid- to high-end smart terminals
  • Stop selling ultra-low-end feature phones with high sales volume but low profit
  • Incorporate the HiSilicon quad-core processor and Balong chip
  • Develop an e-commerce business
  • Design an Emotion UI user experience
  • Become the top performer in the global hardware industry

Huawei's consumer business leads the company's revenue with an increase of 48.4%, outperforming Huawei's carrier network business. Last year, Huawei's consumer business achieved sales of RMB 348.9 billion, a year-on-year increase of 45.1%, making it the largest contributor to the company's revenue.

HONOR has cemented its leading position with strong growth, despite a global industry downturn. According to IDC, the global smartphone market recorded a 3.1% year-over-year decline in shipments in the first three quarters of 2018, but HONOR bucked that trend and achieved a 27.1% increase. Also, HONOR achieved a year-on-year (YoY) increase of over 170% in international sales in 2018. HONOR ranked No.2 in global online sales volume with a 29.4% increase YoY in 2018 [Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, 2018].

HONOR has launched a number of new technologies this year that showcase the brand's pioneer position in the industry, including:

  • 3D TOF: The HONOR View20 includes a TOF (Time of Flight) 3D sensor in its rear camera system. With the added depth sensing, skeletal tracking, and real-time motion capturing capabilities enabled by this new sensor, the HONOR View20 is a remarkably slim-bodied 3D transformer with functions like 3D Motion-Controlled Gaming, 3D Shaping, and Magic AR.
  • All-View Display: The HONOR View20 uses a 6.4-inch 2310p x 1080p display with 398 PPI. The new All-View display adopts an innovative in-screen camera design; it abandons the widely used notch design which occupies a relatively large area of the front panel and creates a very small hole with a diameter of only 4.5mm for the front camera. As a result, the HONOR View20 provides a striking viewing experience with an extraordinary 91.8% body-to-screen ratio. The 19.5:9 wide screen of the HONOR View20 is also close to the aspect ratio used in cinemas, providing an immersive movie-watching experience.
  • 5G: Huawei and HONOR have been deeply involved in all three levels of network progress, from 3G to 4G, and now 5G: the first involves standard and core patent initiators; the second are those who provide and verify solutions that promote network development; the third are smartphone brands based on 5G solution providers as well as manufacturers of 5G application services who create all kinds of apps. HONOR has a head start in the tactical planning of 5G devices and plans to launch its first 5G mobile phone this year, according to Mr. George Zhao, President of HONOR, at Mobile World Congress 2019.

"HONOR is on the brink of yet another breakthrough and there is no slowing down for us. As the going gets tough, the tough get going. We'll treat each day as an opportunity to deliver greater value to our fans. For HONOR, the best is yet to come," said Mr. George Zhao.

About HONOR

HONOR is a leading smartphone e-brand. The brand was created to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products that offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young to achieve their dreams. In doing this, HONOR has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to take the steps needed to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for its customers.