Who is Huawei?

Last updated: 6 June 2016

Who is Huawei?

This Chinese telecoms company started making mobile phones in 1987 and the first UK office opened in 2001. Back then, if someone said Huawei, you’d have said “Hua-who?”. But today, Huawei is the largest telecom manufacturer maker in the world.

The Huawei brand has grown massively in popularity and credibility and Huawei played a big part in the UK’s roll-out of high speed broadband and the development of 4G and 5G.

Huawei stands out from the crowd.

The smartphone world is a competitive one, but Huawei hold its own with cutting-edge premium phones like the Huawei P9. Its main feature is the dual-lens camera which creates professional quality images with amazing detail, depth and colour. Huawei has partnered with Leica, a big name in camera technology, to create this ground-breaking device.

Another popular smartphone from Huawei is the Y3. This high quality phone has a compact, lightweight design and is the perfect choice for those new to Android or looking for a good, low cost handset. The Y3 comes pre-installed with Android software and Huawei's user interface, making the device simple to use and a perfect first stop if you’re less familiar with the Android platform.

More than mobiles.

Not just limited to smartphones, Huawei also make some great tablets.

The MediaPad T1 7.0 is a perfectly portable 7in device that’s about a third lighter than an iPad. And Huawei’s portable Wi-Fi modems allow you to connect up to 10 devices to broadband at once.

Where does ‘Honor’ fit in?

In 2014 in the UK, Huawei launched a new brand of mobile phones through Three. The sub-brand, called Honor, started with the Honor 6+. But what was this sub-brand all about?

Some people believe it was a way of making Huawei a more recognisable force, rather than trying to disguise or rebrand itself. And Huawei described Honor as "for the brave - a brand that's not afraid to do things differently, to be brave and bring about change." Honor phones are available on contract exclusively on Three, after we announced a partnership with the Chinese brand at MWC 2015.

All the Huawei devices mentioned above are available on Three – which is great news for you, because we’ve been rated the UK’s most reliable network. Why not pop into your nearest Three store to see Huawei’s best bits in action?