Rumor: Huawei will soon get into the PC business

Huawei is growing at a steady clip, and the company now seems to be thinking that a piece of the PC market pie would hit the spot. Chinese newspaper Yicai reports that there's some substance to the rumors floating around about Huawei's upcoming foray into that market.

According to Yicai, Huawei will make its splashing entrance during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company has filed for the "MateBook" trademark recently, and a Huawei spokesperson expressed displeasure with the fact that a lot of people are using Apple computers to a Yicai reporter last year, so it's not too hard to imagine what the firm is thinking. The newspaper also speculates that "MateBook" is likely to refer to a whole lineup of PC-oriented products, too, not just systems.

Yicai says that Huawei already has a partnership with Intel in the works, too. Not only that, Huawei's headhunters are apparently out on the prowl for staff with knowledge of PC gear. Although Huawei probably isn't the first name that US people think of when it comes to computing, the company is quite the giant by any measure. Back in 2014, it made a profit of $5.5 billion on revenue of $46.5 billion, and it currently employs over 170,000 people worldwide.

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    • confusedpenguin
    • 4 years ago

    If their computers are anything like their smartphones, then you will see the Huawei desktops and laptops at your local K-Mart and tucked away in the corner of the computer section at Wal-Mart.

    • TopHatKiller
    • 4 years ago

    how much money is the chinese dictatorship willing to chuck in the gutter to support another bs chinese business? that, alone, will dictate their “success.”

    • just brew it!
    • 4 years ago

    We don’t need another PC vendor! All it will do is accelerate the “race to the bottom” (as if pre-built systems haven’t been scraping the bottom already). Maybe we will plumb new depths and find a yet lower bottom? Scary thought.

    • tootercomputer
    • 4 years ago

    Who is Huawei ? What products do they make?

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Think Cisco but in China… at least that’s how they started out.
      These days they are trying to be a rough equivalent of Cisco and Samsung all rolled into one.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        Read about some rumors some time ago about how Huawei ripped off Cisco’s tech and has been (and probably still is) engaged in some pretty shady business practices to get to where they’re at.

        Yes I know no company is totally free from shady doings but you know how Chinese companies are. They’re so blatantly shameless. Seen how Chinese car makers practically copy designs from established names like Toyota? See how they don’t respect patents of western companies?

          • MaxTheLimit
          • 4 years ago

          As someone who has worked in a ‘cooperative’ situation with Huawei, I wouldn’t be surprised by any of this.

          Ethics doesn’t seem to be an important factor in the decision making process. I admit I’m biased by a negative experience with their company / people, but I still say Huawei is shitty company and I dislike the way they conduct business very much.

        • davidbowser
        • 4 years ago

        They have started to get a foothold in the enterprise network device market (routers and switches) and are a legitimate player in places other than the US. Depending on where you get your analysis, they are either 3rd of 4th in global marketshare behind Cisco, HP, and sometimes Juniper.

      • BlackDove
      • 4 years ago

      They make stuff that probably has tons of backdoors and doesnt work.

      • sluggo
      • 4 years ago

      They make the Nexus 6p under contract to Google.

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]and a Huawei spokesperson expressed displeasure with the fact that a lot of people are using Apple computers[/quote<] I feel displeasure too with the fact that all you guys are breathing air. Why, they have a grudge against Apple or something? What's their beef with Apple?

      • puppetworx
      • 4 years ago

      They don’t understand high end brands or their marketing and it infuriates them.

        • BlackDove
        • 4 years ago

        Lol Apple(Foxconn) a “high end” brand.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        And yet they blatantly copy high end brands like Louis Vuitton and Prada.

          • sluggo
          • 4 years ago

          They don’t understand high-end brands or marketing, but they do understand money.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 4 years ago

    If they want to win – they will have to come up their own OS. mOS or mmmOS.

    I don’t think it is the hardware that is the selling point, it is the software. We have Windows, iOS, OSX and Android. They are all hot right now. So a good one-of-a-kind OS with good OS on the cheaper side might be able to win.

      • blastdoor
      • 4 years ago

      I think it’s the whole widget. It all has to be good. Anybody trying to make money under the assumption that they only have to be good at one thing isn’t making money.

      Stated differently, this isn’t 1998.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 4 years ago

    It appears truthserum found someone else to [s<]annoy[/s<] engage in discussion with.

      • kn00tcn
      • 4 years ago

      it appears TR is full of mob mentality & personal attacks now, repetition is no excuse to become a bully, how do some intel boogeyman comments affect you

      saw the same bs on windows 10 articles

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 4 years ago

        The tribalism present on this site is of no secret to regulars. I try to poke fun at the cheer squad once in awhile.

    • the
    • 4 years ago

    MateBook, the perfect laptop to view pr0n. Now with with a wide gamute screen capable of displaying 200% the number of flesh tones found in Rec 2020.

    • novv
    • 4 years ago

    So a company spokesperson expressed displeasure that a lot of people are using Apple computers and they chose to name the product MateBook. It just looks like another copy-paste company, in trend with all chinese manufacturers. But if you are unable to come in 2016 with an original name for your notebook then at least shut up and don’t make a fool of yourself.

      • blastdoor
      • 4 years ago

      I think the “expressing displeasure” bit is really odd and spiteful. I wonder if it’s a translation/reporting error.

      I can’t imagine Tim Cook coming out and saying “We’re really pissed that people are buying Teslas, so we’re going to start selling electric cars.”

      Instead, I could see him make some generic reference to existing products, calling them overpriced and/or inferior, and then announcing his product.

      Seems like Huawei could do the same thing. They could say: “there are some good computers out there but they’re way too expensive. There are some cheap computers out there, but they suck. We are introducing a computer that is really good, but not too expensive.”

        • Tirk
        • 4 years ago

        I do think its an unintended bad translation which has happened many times due to the complexities of connotation and denotation in language.

        I’m sure the following companies did not mean to translate the following slogans the way they came out such as:

        KFC “Finger-lickin’ good” to “We’ll Eat Your Fingers Off!” in Chinese

        Coors “Turn it Loose” to “Suffer from Diarrhea” in Spanish

        Pepsi “We bring you back to life” to “We bring your ancestors back from the grave.” in Chinese

        While the last one is certainly a miracle, I doubt it would make people want to buy your product. How well do you think Tim Cook speaks Chinese?

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      See how Chinese companies like Xiaomi and Meizu use ‘Note’ for some of their phones?

        • pranav0091
        • 4 years ago

        Thats because the “Note” word really took off with the Galaxy Note series, which was a huge hit back in its heyday. This one the other hand is – “MateBook” – I dont see myself really pleased to tell someone “I’ve got myself a MateBook 13”.

        People terribly underestimate the usefulness of a coherent and catchy marketing campaign.

        And, btw, Xiaomi has one of the better marketing campaigns in my recent memory – “Mi” series of phones that run “MiUI” and the clever flash-sales that in itself creates awareness by becoming newsworthy for free. Doesnt hurt that they have well designed products with some thoughtful features.

    • blastdoor
    • 4 years ago

    So will they put Windows on these? It’s kind of implied, but I didn’t want to assume…

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      iOS on A9X chips ALL THE WAY.

        • blastdoor
        • 4 years ago

        I realize you’re not actually interested in saying anything productive, but here’s more what I had in mind (in case someone else might be interested):

        [url<]http://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/article/1857948/chinese-os-last-more-40-cent-dell-pcs-china-now-running-homegrown[/url<]

          • chuckula
          • 4 years ago

          Here’s what will happen:
          1. PCs will be sold with that OS. No major manufacturer is caught committing large-scale piracy and it reduces sale prices.

          2. And the PCs end up running Windows anyway after they are sold. If it makes you feel better, Microsoft rarely makes any money during step 2.

          And I’m a huge Linux guy to boot. However, I’ve had enough dealings with China to understand how things work in the real world.

            • blastdoor
            • 4 years ago

            [quote<]If it makes you feel better, Microsoft rarely makes any money during step 2.[/quote<] Why would I care? I don't have a problem with Microsoft being paid for their product.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Probably *irated copies.

    • odizzido
    • 4 years ago

    I wonder if they will make a 9-10 inch laptop? Can only hope.

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      I dunno, a variable size seems like over-engineering

        • chuckula
        • 4 years ago

        You misread his statement!
        He clearly didn’t mean varying between 9 and 10 inches, but instead he wanted a 9 – 10 = -1 inch laptop. It’s about time that OEMs started looking beyond an overly simplistic three-dimensional model of reality.

          • odizzido
          • 4 years ago

          At least you understood what I meant.

          • tipoo
          • 4 years ago

          I see now. It’s 2016, why can’t we store portions of our laptops in hyperspace yet?

    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    Hope this doesn’t go like Vizios attempt. Shame about them, they made some beautiful machines, I think by generation 3 or 4 they could have been something if they stuck to it. The battery life would have improved with Broadwell, Skylake, and new parts all around, the trackpad is pretty well nailed down with Microsofts Precision Trackpad program so they could use that, really just leaving the keyboard for them to improve and further refinements on everything. Instead they quit after Haswell.

    Some Vizio PC porn –
    [url<]http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1170521&highlight=[/url<]

      • brucethemoose
      • 4 years ago

      They were also the only ones who put Richland APUs in decent-looking laptops.

      Asus kinda did that, but their stuff was basically vaporware in the U.S.

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        Oh yeah, I forgot they had AMD models as well. Really a shame they didn’t stick it out for another two generations and hone it in, they had some nice visual design chops.

    • TruthSerum
    • 4 years ago

    Open question, does China allow itself to buy Intel’s gen 6 backdoored chips?

    Do they demand the secret sauce for that like they tried to enforce with Cisco and M$, others?

      • Unknown-Error
      • 4 years ago

      Maybe China will protect sensitive sites by not having any connection to the outside world or avoid using foreign components altogether. They can stick to local ShenWei, Loongson, ICube, etc CPU designers. Their military already uses custom homegrown chips.

      For the rest , the everyday Chinese internet browser, gamer, office-worker etc won’t care about any backdoors.

        • TruthSerum
        • 4 years ago

        “everyday Chinese internet browser, gamer, office-worker etc won’t care about any backdoors.”

        -They’re not so different than the US in that regard.

          • NeelyCam
          • 4 years ago

          I hope your mom told you that if you look at InfoWars too much, you might go blind

      • Flatland_Spider
      • 4 years ago

      I think they use MIPS processors.

        • TruthSerum
        • 4 years ago

        It’s smart of them not to trust a known-competitor-backdoored chipset for their home grow.

        • the
        • 4 years ago

        Could also be Alpha or SPARC. The Chinese have home grown chips using these ISA.

      • BlackDove
      • 4 years ago

      You got that backwards. The US is blocking China from buying some of the high end chips. Its nice to see the typically useless government do something useful.

      [url<]http://www.nextplatform.com/2015/07/15/china-intercepts-u-s-intel-restrictions-with-homegrown-supercomputer-chips/[/url<]

      • Tralalacik
      • 4 years ago

      They can use perhaps VIA (CentaurHauls – Centaur Technology) QuadCore processors from join venture company VIA Alliance Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (Zhaoxin) between Shanghai SASAC and VIA Technologies, Inc..
      source: [url<]http://en.zhaoxin.com/site/product_detail/97[/url<] Who knows? Or maybe incoming OctaCore... source: [url<]http://ranker.sisoftware.net/show_system.php?q=cea598aa9daa9aa89abcdbe6cbfadcae93a385ecd1e3c5ad90a583fbc6f7d1b4d1ecdcfa89b48c&l=en[/url<]

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