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Huawei Signals New High-End Smartphone After Mate 60 Success

Speculation has been growing for months about Huawei’s P70 model which is expected to be powered by an advanced China-made chip

Smartphones are displayed in Huawei's first global flagship store in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights
Smartphones are displayed in Huawei's first global flagship store in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China October 30, 2019. Photo: Reuters


Chinese tech giant Huawei has teased the launch of its latest new smartphone model, as it looks to build on the soaraway success last year of its Mate 60 series.

The company jumped back into the premium smartphone market last year with the Mate 60, a launch celebrated by state media as a triumph over US sanctions on the firm. The launch has also been blamed for a steep decline in Apple’s iPhone sales in China.

Speculation has built up in recent months that Huawei will soon launch the P70, which is expected to, like the Mate 60, contain an advanced China-made chip.

A Thursday product launch for a smart car model and laptop did not mention phones, disappointing legions of fans who complained online, but three Huawei stores in Beijing were allowing interested buyers to register their interest in a new unnamed phone.


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Huawei’s P series has advanced cameras and is known for its sleek design, while the Mate series, also high-end, emphasises performance and business features.

The Mate 60, notably launched during a trip by US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to China, did not involve any prior advertising or disclosure of specifications, prompting some users and companies to tear down the phones as they sought to work out its capabilities.

“Huawei kills two birds with one stone,” Will Wong, an analyst with research firm IDC, said of this tactic. He noted that the firm could maintain a lower profile amid US-Sino trade tensions while generating an air of mystery and excitement over the launches.

Archie Zhang, a smartphone analyst at Counterpoint Research, noted that the availability of stock has been a significant constraint for the Mate 60 and would likely be so for the P70 as well.

Huawei has had to slow production for Mate 60 phones due to production constraints and the need to prioritise manufacturing of artificial intelligence chips, sources have said.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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