Huawei Hikes Device Sales
The company says its revenues from consumer devices -- mobile phones, dongles, tablets and a range of fixed line home devices such as set-top boxes and broadband gateways -- grew 64 percent year-on-year to US$4.2 billion for the first half of 2011, while the number of devices shipped increased by almost 40 percent to 72 million, reports Reuters.
That update came as Huawei unveiled its Vision smartphone (available from September), which runs the Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system, houses a 1GHz Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) Snapdragon MSM 8255 processor and sports a 3-D display.
The launch comes on the same day that BlackBerry unveiled its new BlackBerry devices. (See RIM Revamps the BlackBerry.)
Both companies are keen to assert themselves as long-term smartphone players: Huawei recently stated that it aims to increase its annual smartphone sales to 20 million this year from 3 million in 2010. (See Huawei Ups Smartphone Target.)
For some reason, many media outlets, including Reuters, are referring to the Huawei Vision smartphone as a "cloud computing mobile phone."
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