Huawei’s Consumer CEO Talks Steve Jobs’ Death, Samsung’s “Cheap” Plastic

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Huawei, a company many aren’t accustomed to seeing in the spotlight, today made some very bold statements on various subjects. The comments, made by Huawei’s consumer CEO, were quite bold, particularly from a company that is rarely associated with high-end products, much less smartphones.

Richard Yu, in an interview today with The Verge was asked if his products compare to the latest and greatest from Apple. Rather predictably, his answer was yes. He went further, though, stating the following:

Steve Jobs is gone. Now there is a lack of innovation.

Quite a controversial statement, given the implications of it. First, it’s obviously meant as a complement to the late Jobs, who died in October of 2011 after a multi-year struggle with cancer. But further, it implies that Apple has lost the ability to innovate beyond its competitors. With products from Samsung, and even Google’s own Nexus line, making serious strides in 2012, Yu’s opinion is arguable. Whether that will last remains to be seen, though, as recent moves have placed people like Jony Ive in more powerful positions.

On to the next comment: Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei is, unsurprisingly, not a fan of Samsung’s products. Yu made the point that, although his company has previously competed on the low-end in various markets, he has yet to offer a true high-end device. That will change, he says, and he plans to undercut Samsung’s high-end devices (like the Galaxy S III) by as much as 30% on price by sacrificing profit margins.

Further, though, he criticizes Samsung’s choice in materials for such a high-end device:

…their plastic is very cheap.

That point isn’t hard to argue. While Huawei does use plastic in its own products, there is a wide spectrum of quality. The S III feels relatively cheap, especially compared with products from HTC or Apple. Yu implies that his company would never use such cheap plastic just to increase their own profit margins for such a high-end, high-profile device.

Will Huawei be able to make massive strides this year? That much remains to be seen, but at this point they have one thing down: CEOs trash-talking the competition.


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