On January 29, Canalys released a research report on China smartphone market for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020. According to the report, China’s smartphone market closed with 84 million unit shipments in Q4 of 2020 with a decline of 4% year-on-year (YoY).
Talking about a whole year, 330 million units were shipped, which has a decline of 11%. The main reason behind the loss of the market is the pandemic and the US sanctions on Huawei by which the performance was rapidly declined as well as the overall market recovery was stalled.
However, Huawei leads the ranking list with 18.8 million shipments with a decline of 41% from 22% in Q4 of 2020. Oppo secures second place, shipping 17.2 million with growing 23% YoY. Vivo also showed strong year-on-year growth at 20% and came in third at 15.7 million units.
Apple also reported its best performance in China in recent years, shipping more than 15.3 million units in Q4, with an 18% market share, up from 15% in Q4 2019. Xiaomi completed the top five, shipping 12.2 million units, growing 52% year-on-year.
“It is possibly Huawei’s toughest time as it is restrained to even serve its home market,” says Canalys VP of Mobility Nicole Peng.
Moreover, Huawei’s sell-in shipments shrunk by nearly half sequentially, despite the huge demand for Huawei devices, as the vendor is unable to fulfill this demand in the foreseeable future.
Other smartphone brands including Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi trying to grab this opportunity by fighting to win over Huawei’s offline channel partners across the country, including small rural ones, backed by huge investments in store expansion and marketing support.
These commitments brought immediate results, and market share improved within mere months. 2021 will be clearly a year of aggressive expansion for Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi.
“Honor is also a player we shouldn’t ignore in China in 2021, as the vendor has inherited most of Huawei’s strengths and aims to win over Huawei’s loyal customers,” Peng
Huawei and Xiaomi invested a big capital at this OLED driver chip maker
Huawei Hubble has recently invested huge capital in Ou Rhende Microelectronics Technology, which is an OLED driver chip maker. After the investment, the company’s registered capital increased from 37.65 million to around 57.06 million, which is an increase of approx 51.56%. Alongside Huawei, Xiaomi also invested in the firm.
Established in 2019, the Ou Rhende is an OLED driver chip manufacturing company. The legal representative of the company is Zhang Jinfang with 50.91 percent of shareholdings. While Huawei Hubble is the second-largest shareholder with nearly 16.49% of shares.
This piece of information was a surprise for the whole semiconductor market. First, Huawei has begun the trial production of its own OLED driver ICs and then this investment. It shows that the company wants to develop the OLED driver chip in its home country.
It is also being said that these investments could be a threat to the South Korean and Taiwanese chip manufacturing companies, which currently capture most of the semiconductor market.
Huawei’s competitors and current market conditions of OLED driver chip industry
Looking at the current market share of the semiconductor companies in terms of OLED driver chips, Samsung grabs the market with nearly 50.40% of the market share. And the three other Korean companies account for approximately 38%.
This data suggests that the four Korean companies occupy nearly 90% of the OLED chip market. Whereas the Taiwanese chipmaker has the rest 10.2% market.
In this situation, Huawei will have to be very precise with its strategy to share its spot among these leading companies. Further, the company itself has HiSilicon to develop its own chip.
As per the recent report, Huawei’s HiSilicon is preparing to mass-produce the OLED chips in China in the first half of 2022. The company will manufacture chips based on the 40nm process and aims for a production capacity of 200,000 to 300,000 units per month. Read more
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5.5G is coming, Huawei suggests ten times improvements
On August 3, at the 5G-Advanced Innovation Industry summit, Huawei’s MD and President of ICT Products and Solutions Wang Tao explained six innovative directions for 5.5G, as its arrival is upfront.
The name itself clears that the 5.5G is an advanced version of the 5G network with some extra capabilities over the base network. Huawei claims that 5.5G can improve the real-time interaction experience, enhance cellular IoT capabilities, and explore new scenarios.
According to the info, Wang Tao stated that 5.5G should innovate in six different directions in order to achieve more than 10 times capacity improvements. These six areas of innovations include:
- Spectrum reconstruction
- Uplink enhancement
- Full scenario IoT
- L4 autonomous driving network
- Green and low carbon
In order to achieve the 5.5G’s extreme capabilities, the current 5G network needs to be enhanced in a number of ways. The enhancements are required in upstream and downstream rates, high precision positioning, and connection density. Moreover, the requirements also suggest adding new capabilities such as perception.
Xu Wenwei, Huawei’s director and dean of Strategic Research institute said that the 5.5G is the next level over the current 5G network. The advanced network is derived from the 5G and it should support all the 5G devices.
Furthermore, he adds that the 5.5G network should be compatible to support the sub-100GHz full frequency band.
5.5 will provide Gbps downlink at a low latency of 5ms compared to 5G
5.5G is an innovation on which Huawei is continuously working. The Chinese tech giant predicts that the 5.5G will outperform the current 5G network in many aspects. After continuous work over the 5.5G network, Huawei plans to go beyond 5.5G along with its partners between 2025 and 2030. Read more here
Huawei announced 100 million USD ecosystem development plan for Asia Pacific
At the Huawei Cloud Spark Summit, the Chinese tech giant announced a 100 million USD startup support plan for the Aisa Pacific region. The company selects four countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Shri Lanka, and Vietnam to develop the startup hub. Furthermore, this plan target to support about 1,000 startups from these countries.
Catherine Chen, Senior Vice President and Board Member of Huawei informed that Huawei itself a startup with a registered capital of 5,00 dollars. So the company is thinking to help other companies with their experience and jointly developing more innovative products and solutions for the world.
Huawei Cloud History:
Huawei Cloud has been launched in 2017 and now became the world’s fastest-growing cloud service. The Spark program is one part of its strategy to drive various startups. Moving ahead, the company is working with local authorities, commanding incubators, famous VC (Virtual Circuit) firms, and top universities to provide them regional support in the startup.
To date, an estimate of 40 startups has joined the Huawei program. In this line, Huawei also launched the cloud-plus-cloud program to build a high-quality business ecosystem. Furthermore, the new program has a budget of about 40 million USD that will jointly sponsor by the Huawei Cloud and HMS (Huawei Mobile Service).
The company aims to support about 200 startups in 2021 in shared resources with the HMS ecosystem. Adding to this, 100,000 HMS developer innovation centers are also planned to empower the HMS cloud-native developers.
Huawei Cloud and Spark Program:
- Huawei Cloud-Plus-Cloud Collaboration: It works to build up to cloud startups across the globe. Besides, the company will put more effort into the ongoing programs covering technological innovation, global and local services, and business ecosystems.
- Spark Developer Program: This program is part of the Asia Pacific Spark Program aims to empower the cloud developing ecosystem across the Aisa Pacific region.
- The Spark Pitstop Program: It is designed to support the Huawei Cloud startups and speeds up the development of cloud-based products.
- Spark Innovation Program: The SIP is focused on bringing new innovations through the Spark startup ecosystem.
At last the Huawei President for Asia Pacific Region- Jeffery Liu speaks about the work of the company and concluded by announcing the Huawei startup support plan with a 100 million USD investment for the coming three years.
“For the past two decades, we have remained committed to being ‘In Asia Pacific, For Asia Pacific’ Leveraging Huawei’s global customer base and full-stack technologies, the Spark Program will invest more than US$100 million over the next three years.
And provide comprehensive support to the establishment of a sustainable startup ecosystem that creates new value for this dynamic region.” said President Liu