It’s quite rare for a smartphone company’s CEO to come out and praise a rival openly. But that’s exactly what Huawei CEO has done. According to a report by Forbes, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said that the 5G iPhone 12 series is the “world’s best” 5G phone currently available.
Zhengfei was talking up the quality of Huawei’s 5G equipment and used Apple as a reference point.”We support the progress made by Apple iPhone 12,” he said, before adding that the iPhone has been able to achieve download speeds of 1.82 Gbps, “making it the best in the world.”
Huawei remains the world’s largest network equipment supplier in the world. The Huawei CEO also said, “We helped build the best 5G networks in many cities around the world: Berlin, Munich, Madrid, Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Vienna, Barcelona, Seoul, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Riyadh… Our networks in Europe top global network performance tests.”
Zhengfei further said that Apple’s dominance of premium phone market and said that it bodes well for Huawei as well. “Many high-end device users in Europe use iPhones, and the way those phones operate on our networks in Europe actually is a sign we are also doing well. The fact high-end users can use the iPhone 12 to its fullest effect on our 5G networks in Europe is a testament to the quality of our networks. This is helping balance opinions towards Huawei in Europe.”
In the past as well, Zhengfei has been complementary of Apple and referred to the company as “my teacher.”
Huawei’s progress in US was stunted due to the US-China trade war and former US president Donald Trump restricted its operations in the country.