When it comes to manufacturing, China always knows how to deliver. Rising past a history full of continuous strife from the West (Opium Wars) and neighboring Asian countries (Nanking Massacre), the drive to push past these trials was more than enough to become leading competitors in almost every industry available. In particular, China’s phone industry has been continually pursuing a permanent hold in the global market. Two brands that have been quietly making their spot on the scene are Huawei and Xiaomi. Those who have heard of the two usually familiarize the brands as affordable, yet good quality options from the Chinese market. Two out of four of China’s top selling phone brands, these phones have been winning over the competition with their top of the line specifications and high rated performance. Can they eventually reach that standard to become the next top android brand?
Huawei’s last flagship phone, the Huawei P9, earned the brand favorable reviews from consumers and have followed up with their latest flagship phone, the Huawei P10. When it comes to design, the phone looks quite sleek, and the glass and metal build give the user a premium feel to the hand. The specs and the hardware on the phone are also up to date. The P10’s quick performance can be attributed to the brand’s very own Kirin CPU, which can perform up to par with the famous Snapdragon processor, the very same processor that Samsung uses in their Galaxy line. With zero lag, a brilliant camera including an in-built 12MP color sensor, and a 20MP monochrome chip, these features provide the phone with powerful enhanced image detail and dynamic range, leaving the user with a noteworthy experience.
Meanwhile, its competitor, Xiaomi also has its answer to the Huawei P10, and that is the Xiaomi mi5. The main characteristic of the phone that attracts so many of its users is that the Mi5 sells at a low and affordable price, yet still manages to perform at the same levels as other top android brands. For the selling price of $310, the phone is less than half the price of Apple’s latest flagship phone, the iPhone 7, yet still has features and top notch specs that allow for an overall premium experience for the user. The quality build of the phone is at the same level as many of its competitors and shows off aesthetic quality and construction. The Mi5 is powered by the latest processor, Snapdragon 820 and gives the phone quick pace when being used by its consumers.
The phone may be cheap, but Xiaomi only uses quality components for its products. The Mi5’s camera comes with Sony’s newest 16MP IMX298 which boasts an impressive autofocus function. The phone also features a user-friendly interface, the MIUI. The MIUI gives the user smoother experience, which is more important to people who are not so tech savvy. The fact that their users are given a friendly interface made by their company shows the commitment that the brand has for its consumers. By listening to their demands and supplying them with what is wanted from them expresses a unique relationship between both company and customer.
The two brands definitely feature some promising products on the global market, and the phones that represent them could very well be recognized as Android’s next top brand. They share many of the same features and functions as the prevailing brands today such as fingerprint scanning, top of the line camera specs, which puts them alongside the giants that currently dominate that market. Should the company work towards more innovative advancements in their future models, this would surely give them an even larger stake in the market in the years to come.