Huawei will reportedly branch out into making commercial televisions and enter the TV market next month. A top executive from Huawei’s supply chain earlier told Chinese media that the company will release its first TV in April.
Huawei TVs are said to launch with dual cameras, as well as social media and gaming features that might tie in with the company’s mobile devices. The initial lineup will be between 55 and 65 inches in screen size, with panels coming from Chinese suppliers. It has also been reported that Huawei’s goal is to sell 10 million sets per year in China, which would make up about 20 percent of the country’s TV market.
Huawei is one of the top smartphone brands in the world and has made no secret of its plans to overtake Samsung as the number one vendor in the industry. Perhaps selling TVs is one way of bolstering its already impressive smartphone portfolio. Or perhaps this is a step into the future for Huawei, one that sees it as a multi-product brand with emphasis on smart home systems and services like its Korean rival.
Of course, venturing into other somewhat related businesses isn’t new among phone makers. Xiaomi is one shining example of a brand with a multifaceted product strategy. OPPO sub-brand OnePlus is also expected to unveil its first 4K TV later this year.
We’ve been told that Huawei has plans to unveil at least two laptop models in the Philippines this year, possibly as early as April. Supposing it does indeed launch a bunch of TVs in a couple of weeks, could we expect a local release in the offing? That would be something we’d want to see.
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