Singaporeans continue to support Huawei despite Google ban

Last month, Google stopped its business operations with China’s Huawei with immediate effect, and the suspension include services that involve the transfer of hardware and software as well as technical services except those that are publicly available through open source licensing.

Google took this move after Huawei and other 70 affiliates were added to the US Commerce Department’s Entity List on national security grounds, disallowing the company from purchasing parts and components from US companies without government approval.

However, keen supporters and long-time users of Huawei in Singapore were unfazed by recent events and instead expressed a resounding vote of confidence for the brand.

Just a few weeks after the ban, tech enthusiasts and shoppers gathered at The PC Show to experience the latest Huawei P30 Pro featuring a ground breaking Leica quad camera system, better known for its zoom and low-light capabilities.

In addition, Huawei smartphone users were also given a complimentary phone service on its monthly Service Day at its customer service centres located at [email protected] and Westgate.

“I am not too concerned about the current situation and I believe Huawei will be able to come up with a solution given their strong roots in the technology sector. I will still recommend a Huawei phone to my friends because of its quality especially when it comes to the camera and battery performance,” said Wei Ling, a fan of the brand.

Wei Ling (right), who holds a Huawei Mate 10, has been encouraging her friends including Miao Hui (left) to purchase a Huawei smartphone for its quality.

Echoing this, Joe Lum said, “I’ve been using many other phones before but nothing quite captures the great photo quality like the Huawei phone does. I would still buy the phone in a heartbeat because its cameras are amazing for a photography enthusiast like myself.”

The company is dedicated to create meaningful products and technologies whilst putting customers at the centre of its business. In 2018, Huawei invested 14.1% of its sales revenue (CNY101.5 billion) in Research & Development (R&D), ranking fifth globally in the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard.

Starting out with humble beginnings as a producer of phone switches since 1987, to building telecommunication networks and consumer electronics, Huawei has made big strides over the years in growing its customer base with over 55 million smartphones sold globally in the first quarter, cementing its position as the second largest smartphone vendor in the world.

Whilst many gravitate towards the brand for its outstanding offerings, some had more to say about the brand that go beyond functionalities and product.

“I trust Huawei and their products. As an international company, they will do what’s best for a consumer. For a brand that has grown so fast, it is a force to be reckoned with,” said Wilson Ng.

He added, “Personally, I respect the brand being able to withstand the challenges and hardships that they’ve been put through with such humility and grace.”

Wilson Ng, is a fervent supporter of Huawei and is motivated to further his passion of photography thanks to the convenience and reliable camera system on his Huawei P20 Pro.

If that is not all, See Ying who is a first-time user of Huawei with the P30 Pro, feels that there are plenty of opportunities ahead for the brand. “There is a famous quote that goes ‘in the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity’. I have faith that Huawei will always be able to continue making innovative products in any circumstances as it is resilient and strong company,” she commented.

In Singapore, Huawei has doubled its growth year-on-year and is expanding its services including Service Day that is held on the first weekend of every month to provide after-sales care for a growing customer base.

“The backbone of our success over the years has always been our customers who support the brand and believe in the innovations we offer,” a spokesperson from Huawei Consumer Business Group Singapore said. “We’ll like to thank all our supporters for believing in us. We would have never been able to come this far without the support of our customers.”