With the unstoppable emergence of Chinese brands in international markets the truth is that we have normalized a little and names like Huawei, Xiaomi, ZTE, OnePlus, Vivo, Meizu, Oppo, and a long list of other companies that have amply demonstrated their great ability to build smartphones of the best quality at very contained prices.
Little by little has been lost that sambenito of Chinese manufacturer that applied to any smartphone from the giant Asian country, and we understood as “copy” or “low quality” terminal. Nothing is further from reality… because reality itself has shown us that it was not like that and that their smartphones could compete perfectly in the Android market worldwide.
Swimming like fish in the water when it comes to creating smartphones compensated in price and performance, nowadays manufacturers like Oppo prepare their landing in Europe to accompany the jump of Xiaomi, with Huawei watching from above and all of them approaching the lathe of Samsung and Apple in the smartphone market.
Obviously we are not going to open Pandora’s box now to compare strategies and health of all existing Chinese manufacturers , but we do want to answer that question that many do now that Xiaomi is already officially sold in Spain… Is Huawei more reliable or can we already Buy a Xiaomi without fear of making mistakes?
What Huawei has in favor…
Surely the best of Huawei is its huge presence in international markets, turned into a giant of the industry that continues looking for that coveted world number one that Samsung still has, and that the firm based in Longgang, Shenzhen, wants to reach before 2020
Not in vain, Huawei has already surpassed Apple in several quarters, ranking second in sales of phones worldwide, and with these premises it is licit that many of you ask how we dare to compare it with another Chinese manufacturer that has just started its international journey.
The comparison is however legal, because Xiaomi also seeks to become the Chinese Apple and has landed in Spain hitting hard, helped by a better media machinery and greased the giant captained by Lei Jun dominates a thousand wonders.
But we do not anticipate, because it still remains to highlight the much greater infrastructure of Huawei, its manufacturing capacity and the taste of the guys of Ren Zhengfei to use their own components such as chipsets HiSilicon Kirin, which ensure their independence and better integration of the hardware.
Huawei hosts the data of users of the European Union on local servers and manufactures telephones at the level of the best, also counting on a spin-off firm such as Honor, which only sells from the Internet, allowing costs to be reduced but maintaining the hardware platforms of the high-end Huawei.
The technical service of Huawei is local, and the agreements with the operators ensure maximum compatibility with our networks and preferential access to telephones thanks to grants, offers or financing, something in which Xiaomi still has to work.
Surely the worst part of the Huawei service is in the software, since using proprietary processors limits the developers of the Android community, although Huawei is certainly much faster when it comes to releasing the source codes of its kernels. In addition, their customizations are often very intrusive, and there is no Huawei Android One option with the purest Android experience.
…and what is in Xiaomi’s favor
Always living on the crest of the wave, the eight years of Xiaomi are counted by successes that the manufacturer wanted to celebrate with their fans in the week of landing on the Hong Kong stock exchange as the largest issuance of a technological manufacturer in the world. last four years around the world.
Xiaomi only needed to make the international leap, since its market and that of emerging Asian countries already dominated them perfectly, especially in the middle ranges with terminals that are very compensated in price and performance that few can match… Their motto “do not be covetous” “It’s already globally famous.
In its favor, it has greater freedom, or less constraint, when it comes to designing and innovating with new smartphones in fact in its large catalog we will find options for all tastes in different sizes, with different types of screen, different platforms hardware with chipsets from different manufacturers, etcetera. And always at very contained prices.
His arrival in Spain with seven stores and another four in process ensures local support and a closer service, something that to date had not prevented users from importing terminals at the risk of having to send them back to China due to manufacturing failures.
From Xiaomi you can always expect competitiveness in all ranges, with prices surely more attractivethan its competition with equal benefits, although obviously we can not expect miracles and nobody will give us a Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition.
It also has a specific brand to play, Black Shark and a community of users and developers always ready to improve the software, especially in devices with Qualcomm hardware that facilitate the task.
MIUI is also one of the most acclaimed customizations of Android, almost a fork with an experience more similar to the iOS but which many like, and the manufacturer also has the Xiaomi Mi A1 of a Pure Google Android option.
There is no clear winner, there is no better manufacturer than another…
As you would expect in advance, there is no clear winner in this debate and everyone will have their opinion according to their experiences. In fact, there are needs and budgets, and each user adapts to acquire the smartphone that best suits them.
If we talk about Huawei and Xiaomi, surely in both cases we talk about terminals with a good construction bill and benefits, and prices appropriate to what is offered, always located among the most competitive of each market range.
The security and privacy is defined not only by the manufacturer but also Android and Google itself, so in that case the only difference is Huawei local servers, something not negligible. In addition, the guarantees to sell officially in Spain and Latin America are the same for both manufacturers and are marked by the laws of each country, unless we obviously choose to import the device to save a few euros, which is sometimes harmful.
What we do have clear is that buying a Chinese smartphone is no longer a taboo subject and in fact Chinese phones cover the top 5 in terms of power on the Android platform. Even Android P betas have made sense with empirical data: of eleven compatible smartphones four are from Google, four from Chinese manufacturers and three distributed among the others.
And you, if you had to choose between Huawei and Xiaomi… which one would you choose? What experiences do you have with the Chinese manufacturers and their service?