Lebanon,Beirut—February 28, 2019—The HUAWEI Mate X foldable 5G smartphone has won GSMA’s prestigious “Best Connected Mobile Device of Mobile World Congress 2019” award with its Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge, leading 5G communication capability, innovative human-smartphone interaction and HUAWEI SuperCharge during Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2019.
This special and most coveted award is given by the organizer GSMA for newly released or soon-to-be-listed mobile products, representing the highest recognition in pioneering future technologies. Earlier this week at MWC19 Barcelona, Huawei won a number of GSMA GLOMO Awards, including “Best Smartphone of the year” for the class-leading HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro.
“Our congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the GSMA’s GLOMO Awards 2019,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “The GLOMO’s are a testament to the incredible innovation and ingenuity shaping our industry and it is truly an outstanding achievement to have been selected by our esteemed judging panels. We thank all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 2019 GLOMO’s.”
“It has been one of the most exciting and keenly contested years in for Best New Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2019 as can be seen in the shortlist. In a group of standout devices, the judges felt that Huawei Mate X showed more innovation and helped move the smartphone category into a new era. The combination of a folding screen and the inclusion of 5G impressed the judges in a very closely fought award”, said the GSMA judges.
Kevin Ho (Left), John Hoffman (Right)
“On behalf of our entire team at Huawei, I would like to thank the GSMA, including Mr. John Hoffman, its CEO and Director, and his team for this award. We are very excited and honored. This year, 5G is on – including the devices, the networks, the chipsets – all coming together online. 2019 is the year in which we transform the way we connect, bringing new and incredible possibilities to all our lives. Thank you again,” said Kevin Ho, President of Handset Business, Huawei Consumer Business Group.
HUAWEI Mate X, the world’s fastest 5G foldable phone and the first super terminal to connect consumers with 5G intelligent life, is featured with a high strength flexible OLED panel, the Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge, 7nm multi-mode modem chipset Balong 5000, and a high-capacity 4500mAh battery that supports the world’s fastest 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge. These high-end technologies have revolutionized the traditional form of mobile phones, brought unprecedented human-smartphone interaction experience, and led the innovative exploration of the smartphone industry.
HUAWEI Mate X was widely recognized by the world’s top media as soon as it was launched. Up to now, it has won awards from as many as 30 international global media from different countries and regions. Trusted Reviews, British technology site, and Digital Trends, US technology and consumer electronic media, praised it as the best smartphone at MWC 2019. Thomas Husson, an analyst from Forrester, told Financial Times that the advent of HUAWEI Mate X proved that Huawei is the leader of technological innovation today.
Huawei invests more than 10% of its sales revenue in R&D every year. In 2018 alone, Huawei invested 15 billion US dollars in R&D and obtained 87,805 authorized patents. Huawei has the world’s strongest communication and 5G end-to-end solution capabilities. Huawei ranks fifth in the world according to the European Commission’s “2008 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard “. Continuous R&D investment in core technology is the fundamental reason for Huawei’s continuous birth of revolutionary products. Driven by technological innovation, Huawei’s global mobile phone shipments exceeded 200 million units in 2018, achieving a total strong growth of 66 times in eight consecutive years.
Driven by a “consumer-first” ethos, Huawei is committed to enabling all people to enjoy the benefits of the digital lifestyle. At the advent of 5G technology, Huawei is one of the few manufacturers that has the capability to develop the full breadth of 5G products and deliver a fully synergized user experience. At MWC Barcelona 2019, Huawei unveiled HUAWEI Mate X, the company’s first 5G foldable phone; the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro, HUAWEI MateBook 14 and HUAWEI MateBook 13; as well as HUAWEI 5G CPE Pro.
The GSMA World Mobile Conference Barcelona 2019 is held from February 25 to February 28. Huawei exhibition area is located in 1H50 exhibition area of Fira Gran Via Hall 1, 3I30 exhibition area of Hall 3, innovative city exhibition area of Hall 4, 7C21 and 7C31 exhibition area of Hall 7.
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators and nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.
About Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG)
Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) is one of Huawei’s three business groups, providing a range of products including mobile phones, wearables, tablets and laptops. Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking second in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2018 according to IDC.
Year on year growth was reflected in Huawei’s rise as a globally recognized premium brand. In 2018, Huawei was named number 48 on BrandZ’s Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands and number 79 in Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brands. Huawei spent US$13.23 billion on R&D in 2017, accounting for 14.9 percent of its total revenue. According to IPSOS, Huawei’s global brand awareness increased from 81% in 2016 to 86% in 2017. Its overseas brand consideration increased from 37% in 2016 to 44% in 2017. According to EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard (2017): Huawei’s R&D investment ranked No.6.
As a leading technology company, Huawei invests a significant amount of its annual sales revenue to research and development efforts, and has established 14 research centers around the world. Among these facilities is the Huawei Aesthetics Research Center in Paris. Huawei’s newest R&D center is the Max Berek Innovation Lab in Wetzler, Germany, where Huawei and Leica are jointly researching technologies to improve mobile device camera and image quality.