Huawei has unveiled what it claims is the world’s fastest smartphone and announced a 60% annual rise in shipments of its mobile devices. The device can download high definition (HD) films in minutes and songs in seconds, according to the company.
Headlining at the mobile phone industry gathering in Barcelona, which opened its doors on Monday – a day after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators rallied across Spain in protest at national austerity – Huawei presented its latest device to run on Google’s Android software.
The Ascend P2 connects to the web two or three times faster than other Smartphone when using wiFi, its maker claims, downloading high-definition films in minutes and videos, songs and ebooks in just seconds.
In the Christmas quarter, Huawei overtook BlackBerry to become the world’s third largest smartphone maker. Although it is some way behind Samsung and Apple, its less expensive but high-performing handsets are attracting a growing following.
It shipped a total of 127-million consumer devices last year, of which 32-million were smartphone alongside more basic “feature” phones, home broadband modems and dongles to connect laptops to mobile networks.
The division generated $7.5-billion of revenues in 2012, a 10% increase on the previous year. Overall income including sales of network equipment to telecoms companies totalled $35.4-billion, bringing Huawei level for the first time with the market leader Ericsson.