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Huawei to Invest More in South Korea Amid US Sanctions: Report

Huawei said the plan to set up a R&D centre in South Korea was still on the table. "There are still things that we have to consider. But we have a strong will to establish a R&D centre here," Meng said

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People walk past a Huawei retail store in Beijing, June 30, 2019. VOA

Chinese telecom behemoth Huawei Technologies has decided to beef up business in South Korea by increasing the purchase of parts for network equipment and smartphones, amid continued US sanctions.

Karl Song Kai, head of Huawei’s global media and communications, said the company also planned to increase investment in South Korea, but he didn’t specify the numbers. “In 2020, we’ll buy more Korean-made products and invest more in South Korea,” he said.

The Chinese tech firm, the top telecom gear maker and the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, said its product purchases in South Korea were expected to surpass 13 trillion won ($11.1 billion) this year, slightly up from last year’s $10.6 billion, yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

“As (the) US (is) getting closed-minded, I believe this is an opportunity for other countries such as South Korea,” Song said.

The US has been prodding South Korea and other partner countries to stop using Huawei products on security grounds amid trade tensions with China.

The US also imposed a ban on Huawei that prevents the Chinese firm from buying American-made parts, such as chips and software. But such sanctions have made Huawei turn its eyes to non-American vendors, including South Korea.

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FILE – A man uses his smartphone outside of a shop selling Huawei products at a shopping mall in Beijing, May 29, 2019. VOA

“Huawei is trying to establish its own global supply chain, and South Korea plays an important role,” he said.

Shawn Meng, who heads the Korean unit of Huawei, said South Korea was an important customer and partner for Huawei. “South Korean customers are one of the toughest who demand high-quality standards,” Meng said. “This makes us produce better products and develop advanced technologies,” Meng said.

Huawei, which established its Korean unit in 2007, has been trying to expand presence in South Korea in recent years in line with the boom in 5G networks.

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Along with South Korea’s No. 3 carrier LG Uplus Corp, Huawei said it has established 18,000 5G base stations across the country. The firm, however, has yet to reach a 5G equipment deal with SK Telecom or KT Corp, the country’s top two mobile carriers.

The company also opened its 5G lab in South Korea in May, which allows local companies and other business partners to test their technologies and equipment in 5G networks to facilitate collaboration.

Huawei said the plan to set up a R&D centre in South Korea was still on the table. “There are still things that we have to consider. But we have a strong will to establish a R&D centre here,” Meng said. (IANS)

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Here’s Everything About Huawei’s P40 Series Smartphones

The HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+ are equipped with the HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display. The handset maker also unveiled its HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e

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HUAWEI P40 Pro comes with a 50MP Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera and a HUAWEI Ultra vision sensor, a never seen before 1/1.28-inch CMOS sensor which can capture more light then even before on a Huawei device, facilitating perfect shots in low light conditions. IANS

Huawei Consumer Business Group has unveiled the HUAWEI P40 Pro+, HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 flagship smartphones featuring cutting-edge design and ground-breaking camera.

HUAWEI P40 Pro comes with a 50MP Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera and a HUAWEI Ultra vision sensor, a never seen before 1/1.28-inch CMOS sensor which can capture more light then even before on a Huawei device, facilitating perfect shots in low light conditions.

With its front dual camera that includes a 32MP Selfie Camera and a Depth Camera, people can take some stunning selfies with amazing details. The 40MP ultra-wide cine cameras in Huawei P40 has a focal length equivalent to 18mm and 1/1.54 inch sensor supporting 3:2 aspect ratio, which enables users to record movie 4K quality videos.

The camera can support up-to ISO 51200 light sensitivity and enable 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video. The innovative hardware in the P40 Pro synergizes perfectly with the 5th generation image signal processor (ISP) and da-Vinci based Kirin 990 NPU (neural processing unit).

While the 5th Gen Kirin 990 includes hardware support of block-matching 3D filtering (BM 3D), an algorithm facilitating noise reduction in images, the da-Vinci based NPU combines AI capabilities with algorithm to improve image processing. With AIS + OIS triple stabilization and TOF (time of flight sensor) camera, a technology using infrared lights to enhance depth, one is able to create a multi-level Bokeh effect, said the company.

The smartphone houses 4200mAh massive battery, with 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge that charges your phone back up. According to the firm, the Huawei P40 Pro will be available on shelves in Qatar on April 9.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group has unveiled the HUAWEI P40 Pro+, HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 flagship smartphones featuring cutting-edge design and ground-breaking camera. Wikimedia Commons

“With an outstanding sensor, camera systems that we co-engineered with Leica, powerful chipset and HUAWEI XD Fusion Engine, the HUAWEI P40 Series exemplifies our focus and offers an all-day Super Definition experience to help consumers realise their creative vision,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, said in a statement late on Thursday.

The HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+ are equipped with the HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display. The handset maker also unveiled its HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e.

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The new smartwatch features 100 workout modes ranging from traditional sports to more trendy forms of exercise. “Like the previous HUAWEI WATCH GT products, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e will continue to bring reliable fitness and health management experiences to consumers,” Yu added. (IANS)