The top five smartphones in the United States come from Apple, LG, Motorola, Samsung, and ZTE.
Trying to break into that group is China’s Huawei. The Chinese company is in fact the world’s third largest smartphone maker right behind Apple and Samsung. Unfortunately, due to security concerns, its telecom networking equipment is banned in the U.S.
Nonetheless, Huawei still wants to get its smartphones and other consumer gadgets in the hands of more Americans. By manufacturing Google’s flagship Nexus 6P, the company is making progress, and in turn, has made even more of a name for itself within the U.S. market.
Now, Huawei is treading its own path instead of riding on the back of another American tech giant. New reports reveal that Huawei is bringing its own home-grown devices bearing the company’s own brand name to the U.S.
“The U.S. market is strategically important for Huawei because it is the world’s biggest market for smartphones that retail for more than $500. But Huawei now has minimal presence there. Its U.S. expansion focuses on selling more high-end devices, manufacturing Google latest Nexus phone and new marketing campaigns,” the company states.
Huawei’s flagship, the Mate 8, and its more budget-friendly Honor 5X, are expected to arrive on U.S. shores just in time for next year’s Consumer Electronics Show (C.E.S.) in Las Vegas.
The all-metal, Android 6.0 Marshmallow-powered Mate 8 flaunts a large 6-inch display with a 1080p resolution. There are two versions of the device with varying amounts of RAM and internal storage, but both will all have 4G LTE, a fingerprint scanner, a 16-megapixel shooter with OIS, and an eight-core Chinese-made processor. With a roomy 4,000mAh battery, the Mate 8 will have plenty of juice to easily last a day, and maybe even two or more.
The Honor 5X also sports an all-metal construction with a smaller 5.5-inch 1080p display. Other features include a more well-known eight-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 13-megapixel camera, 2 to 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and an all-day 3,000mAh battery. In China, the Mate 8 and Honor 5X cost up to $600 and $300, respectively. They should be similarly priced when they reach the American market sometime in early 2016.