Huawei: only 3-4 smartphone vendors can survive

Huawei: only 3-4 smartphone vendors can surviveApple, Asus, Fujitsu, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM, Samsung, Sony… those are just a few of the manufacturers currently rocking the crowded smartphone market.

But if the predictions of Huawei Devices Chairman, Richard Yu, are on the money, we might see just three to four manufacturers turning a profit in future.

In a video interview with Mobile Live, Yu notes that 95% of all profits in the mobile industry are going to just two companies: best chums Apple and Samsung. “The whole industry is consolidating,” suggests Yu.

Huawei has been quite outspoken about its intent to become one the major players. Last year it shipped an impressive 20 million handsets, up from 5 million in 2010.

However, this year the Chinese manufacturer is aiming for a whopping 60 million, and it hopes to become a $100 billion-a-year company within the next 10 years.

At Mobile World Congress, Huawei introduced us to the Ascend D1 Quad – the ‘world’s fastest smartphone’. It adopts Huawei’s own quad-core chip. Huawei has also laid claim to the ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’ with the Ascend P1 S. Not a bad start in its bid for global domination.

via: AllThingsD

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matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 14:43

3-4 vendors...

Apple
Samsung
HTC

...awkward for Huawei if it's 3, not 4...

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 15:03

When I saw '1 comment' I figured it'd be Jan lambasting my latest "hormone spike". Ah well :p

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 15:16

http://residentjudge.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/talk_to_da_hand.jpg


:p

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 15:30

When I saw '1 comment' I figured it'd be Jan lambasting my latest "hormone spike". Ah well :p

I disabled images on all my devices ;)

Pondlife  Mar. 29, 2012 at 15:58

Seems like nonsense to me, not many areas where only 3-4 brands exist.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 16:24

Pondlife,

True, but look: desktop OSs? 95% of people 'know' Windows only...
Mobile OSs?
90% of western mainstream media are controlled by 5 or 6 "groups"... 90% of the groceries in Tesco are controllEd by 5 or 6 companies... It is not totally unthinkabe.

But you are right. And ironically, Apple have shown the world for years that you can be an "underdog" while being very very successful... On the other hand: had you told anyone 5 years ago how Nokia would get into real trouble...

In other words: the guy's a gasbag, but. But.

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 29, 2012 at 16:25

"‘world’s fastest smartphone’", didn't Moto patented that?

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 29, 2012 at 16:27

Seems like nonsense to me, not many areas where only 3-4 brands exist.

Don't say, US and Russia dominate world weapons markets. China is catching up.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 16:30

Supermarket market in the UK (and most countries) is "ruled" by 4-5 big brands. In the UK it's Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons as the tier 1 shops.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 16:31

"‘world’s fastest smartphone’", didn't Moto patented that?

Samsung weren't best pleased, the ASA agreed with Samsung.

Source: http://www.itpro.co.uk/635752/asa-motorola-atrix-not-world-s-most-powerful-smartphone

Pondlife  Mar. 29, 2012 at 16:56

Seems like nonsense to me, not many areas where only 3-4 brands exist.

Don't say, US and Russia dominate world weapons markets. China is catching up.


Are they brands now?

Pondlife  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:04

Supermarket market in the UK (and most countries) is "ruled" by 4-5 big brands. In the UK it's Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons as the tier 1 shops.

But they aren't the same ones worldwide by long stretch.
Besides again rather a stretch from product brands.
Only product I can really think of with just 3 is consoles.

jmarcelino  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:29

Mr Curdie has an exquisite taste in article illustrations.

As to the article itself I think the panorama will change a lot with LTE and Huawei will certainly play a central role (they already produce so much of the backoffice carrier stuff)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:32

Mr Curdie has an exquisite taste in article illustrations.
That my friend, he does ;).

Treab  Mar. 29, 2012 at 18:29

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/7/10/128917270852360737.jpg

Joey2cool  Mar. 29, 2012 at 18:58

name more than 3 or 4 hard drive manufacturers :P

Treab  Mar. 29, 2012 at 19:02

western digital, samsung, fujitsu, toshiba, seagate and hitachi...

6 so far ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 19:18

Actually, Seagate absorbed Samsung's HDD operations.

Joey2cool  Mar. 29, 2012 at 19:19

toshiba bought fujitsu, and WD is buying hitachi :P

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 19:28

I think that makes 3 then, eh Treab ;)?

Pondlife  Mar. 29, 2012 at 20:05

Would say that most people don't know what hard drives they have so that would be more comparable to memory suppliers for the phones.
I know there is a retail element to hard drives but surely it's only minor part of their production. And for external drives there's larger number of vendors.

Treab  Mar. 29, 2012 at 20:07

fine you want 2 more?

4 i think you'll find anyway... hitachi is still its own company ;)

Treab  Mar. 29, 2012 at 20:08

but simmtronics and trekstor :p

6 again.

Treab  Mar. 29, 2012 at 20:09

http://www.motifake.com/image/demotivational-poster/small/1102/pwned-cats-dogs-pwned-demotivational-posters-1296889564.jpg

Pondlife  Mar. 29, 2012 at 22:52

Then again he didn't say only 3-4 vendors just that many making a profit, occurs to me as I read that RIM lost $125m in last quarter.

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