[Wetzlar, Germany, September 23, 2016] HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG today announced they have expanded their strategic collabouration with the establishment of a jointly operated research and innovation centre, the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’. The launch comes seven months after the public announcement of their long-term technology partnership in the field of optical engineering, and five months after the launch of the globally successful, multiple-award winning HUAWEI P9 and P9 Plus smartphones.
The new lab, located at Leica’s global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications. Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions. In addition to R&D resources from both companies, HUAWEI and Leica plan to collabourate with German and international universities and research institutions.
The lab’s establishment is the result of the vision and support of Ren Zhengfei, CEO of HUAWEI and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG.
Ren Zhengfei, CEO of HUAWEI (right) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG(left), signing the agreement on the establishment of the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’
“In the future, over 90 percent of data traffic will be images and videos,” said Ren Zhengfei, CEO of HUAWEI. “The Max Berek Innovation Lab provides the capacity to establish an even closer partnership with Leica, leading to continuous improvements in image and video quality. As a result, we will deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers.”
“With the founding of the Max Berek Innovation Lab, HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG are expanding the scope of their successful strategic relationship and are laying the foundation for close collabouration in research and development of groundbreaking technologies in the imaging segment,” emphasized Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG.
“HUAWEI and Leica share not only enormous innovation power and years of research experience, but also their dedication to providing the highest quality standards. The Max Berek Innovation Lab offers us a historic opportunity to unite the resources and extensive expertise of both companies to pioneer game-changing technologies,” confirmed Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and Director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab.
The research and innovation centre is named in remembrance of Max Berek (1886 – 1949), the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses, who was also responsible for the optical design of more than 20 lenses for the legendary 35 mm camera invented and built by Oskar Barnack. Thanks to their exceptional imaging performance and perfect harmonization of the lenses, with Barnack’s ingenious construction, it become possible for Leica to achieve worldwide success in 35 mm photography.
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HUAWEIs products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2014. Sixteen R&D centres have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. HUAWEI Consumer Business Group is one of HUAWEIs three business units and covers smartphones, mobile broadband devices, home devices and cloud services. HUAWEIs global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.
About Leica Camera
Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company operates branch offices in Australia, China, England, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, South Korea and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.
Shenzhen, China (December 28, 2016) – Ahead of the keynote address by Richard Yu, CEO of HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (CBG) at CES 2017, CBG today announced that the company has shipped more than 10 million HUAWEI P9 / HUAWEI P9 Plus smartphones globally, making it the company’s first flagship series to top the 10 million mark. This is a milestone for HUAWEI both from a product and brand perspective. Despite a sluggish global smartphone market in 2016, the HUAWEI P9 and HUAWEI P9 Plus devices have achieved impressive results in the premium segment; a major breakthrough that proves HUAWEI’s investment in international markets is paying off.
[Shenzhen, China, October 6, 2016] – Huawei ranked 72 on the Interbrand’s 2016 Best Global Brands report, moving up 16 spots from its ranking in 2015. This is the second consecutive year Huawei has risen on Interbrand’s list since the company became the first mainland Chinese brand to be recognised as a Best Global Brand in 2014.
The award-winning Huawei P9 is now available in Red and Blue, two colours that are set to be staples on the catwalk in 2017Berlin, 1st September 2016: Huawei Consumer Business Group has today announced that its award-winning flagship smartphone, the Huawei P9, is now available in two new colours: Red and Blue. Inspired by the dramatic and colourful world of the Pop Art movement, these vibrant colourways also reflect the passion and glamour of the fashion world. The stunning result is a beautifully-designed phone, packed with impressive features, that is a rallying cry for artists and innovators, and is set to be a staple in your favourite fashion ensembles.
Shenzhen, China (August 15, 2016) – HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (BG) is honored to announce that the HUAWEI P9 has been named ‘European Consumer Smartphone 2016-17’ by the European Image and Sound Association (EISA). Furthering its commitment to pursuing the best quality and design without compromise, this is the fourth consecutive year that HUAWEI has been recognised in this category.
[Shenzhen, China, April 1, 2016] Today HUAWEI announced its financial results for 2015, reporting that its Carrier, Enterprise, and Consumer Business Groups (BGs) all achieved strong year-on-year growth. The three BGs generated CNY395 billion (US$60.8 billion) in annual revenue worldwide, an increase of 37% YoY. Net profit was CNY36.9 billion (US$5.7 billion), up 33% YoY.
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Barcelona, Spain - March 17th, 2016. Huawei, global leading company in ICT and telecommunication solutions, today announces Lionel Messi’s appointment as the latest Global Brand Ambassador to the company. The partnership with Lionel Messi showcases the brand’s alignment with people and brands that demonstrate, and strive towards its shared value of connecting greatness.
The number of international patent applications submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reached 218000 last year, setting a new record, according to a press release of WIPO on March 16. Regarding numbers of filed patents, by country, the United States remained the largest, while China saw the fastest growth; by enterprise, HUAWEI Technology retained its leading position among global enterprises.
February 3, 2016-Today HUAWEI announced that it has shipped more than 10 million HUAWEI P8 lite smartphones, a mark that was reached just nine months after launch in Europe last spring. In total, the entire HUAWEI P8 series has successfully reached more than 16 million people globally.
[Oslo, Norway, November 26, 2015] HUAWEI Technologies Norway has signed a sponsorship contract with the Norwegian Ski Federation - Cross Country. As part of the collabouration, two of the world's top cross country skiers, Therese Johaug and Heidi Weng, will serve as HUAWEI's brand ambassadors.
[Fornebu, Norway, January 31, 2015] HUAWEI Technologies Norway AS announced today that it has become the main sponsor and official partner of Vålerenga Fotball AS. Vålerenga is one of Norway’s most prestigious football teams. The club, based in the capital Oslo, has won the country’s premier league championship, the Tippeligaen, five times, and been winner of the Norway Football Cup on four occasions.
[Singapore, Nov. 12, 2015] At the HUAWEI Innovation Day Asia today, the President of Strategy Marketing, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (BG), Mr. Shao Yang, shared the evolution of mobile innovation and HUAWEI’s vision of how the next-generation mobile device, the ‘Superphone’, will take mankind closer to a world where the physical and digital realities will be further integrated.
[Warsaw, 9 November 2015] Robert Lewandowski, the captain of the Polish National Football Team and one of the top players in the world who plays in Bayern Munich football club, has become the new ambassador of HUAWEI in the Central- Eastern Europe, Baltic and Scandinavia Region.
[Milan, 28 September, 2015] Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today unveils its first special edition watch, styled by renowned Italian designer Barnaba Fornasetti for guests of the Vogue China tenth anniversary celebrations. This gift represents a collabouration between Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti that seamlessly marries art, design and modern technology.
[Shanghai, China, May 27th, 2015] HUAWEI and Volkswagen announced plans to cooperate in the area of car connectivity, unveiling technology that integrates smartphone functions with vehicle-mounted systems and allows drivers to use those functions safely while driving.
[Shenzhen, China, May 27, 2015] HUAWEI today announced that it has been named one of BrandZ’s ‘Top 100 Global Brands’ for 2015, ranking 70 on the list. Marking HUAWEI’s debut on the BrandZ list, the achievement follows HUAWEI’s ranking on Interbrand’s ‘Top 100 Best Global Brands’ list last year.
[Shanghai, China, May 26, 2015] HUAWEI today announced a partnership with Audi Group to jointly explore the future of interconnected car technology at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia (CES Asia) 2015. HUAWEI’s LTE modules provide the new Audi Q7 SUV with the ability to support 2G, 3G and 4G networks, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards. Enabling lightning fast data transfers with download speeds of up to 100Mbps, the partnership provides users with internet-enabled key features for an enhanced driving experience.
[Lisbon, Portugal, 10 February 2015] HUAWEI and Sport Lisboa e Benfica, one of the greatest European football clubs, today signed an Official Technological Partnership for the next two years. HUAWEI will be working with Benfica to enhance the fans’ experience and explore innovation opportunities.
Shanghai, China, January 29, 2015: HUAWEI’s large screen flagship smartphone, Mate7, was presented with the “Smartphone Best New Arrival” award at the Eleventh Hurun Best of the Best Awards ceremony in Shanghai. At the event, which sees awards presented to over 100 luxury brands, from car to watches, and fashion brands to jewelers, jet and yacht, luxury properties, private banking,… HUAWEI Mate7 was recognised for its increasing importance as HUAWEI’s “most rapid-growing, popular, and fast selling smartphone.”
[Shenzhen], 27 January, 2015: HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (BG) today announced its 2014 financial performance. Total sales revenue increased 30% year-on-year to USD 12.2 billion, crossing the 10 billion mark for the first time. Shipment grew by 7.8% to a total of 138 million devices in 2014, including 75 million smartphones, representing a year-on-year increase of 45%.
[Las Vegas, NV - Jan. 6, 2015] Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and Omlet, a spinoff from Stanford University to create an open social ecosystem, jointly announced their partnership today at CES 2015.
Quotes from Interbrand in top media: Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s Chief Executive, said: “Huawei’s rapid growth and long-term investments in its brand helped it earn a place among the world’s most valuable brands. Despite its low brand awareness in the US, Huawei has gradually expanded its reach around the world.”
Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014: HUAWEI, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today unveiled its range of 4G LTE-enabled devices at the GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 including the world’s slimmest 7-inch phablet HUAWEI MediaPad X1, ‘talk and track’ companion HUAWEI TalkBand B1, the 8-inch entertainment powerhouse HUAWEI MediaPad M1, the HUAWEI Ascend G6 4G smartphone and the world’s first LTE Cat6 Mobile WiFi HUAWEI E5786.
Barcelona, Spain, February 23, 2014: HUAWEI, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today unveiled two new additions to its MediaPad range of devices and its first wearable device at GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. With the HUAWEI MediaPad X1, the world’s slimmest 7-inch LTE Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet, HUAWEI TalkBand B1, the perfect hybrid ‘talk and track’ companion, and HUAWEI MediaPad M1, the 8-inch entertainment powerhouse, HUAWEI makes a life without boundaries possible for more people in more places around the world.
Shanghai, China, December 4, 2013: HUAWEI, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today unveiled its automotive module HUAWEI ME909T mobile broadband (MBB) product at a press conference in Shanghai. The 4G LTE-enabled HUAWEI ME909T supports web surfing, data analysis and information transmission within vehicles. Today’s announcement further demonstrates HUAWEI’s advances in telematics for use across industries.
Shenzhen, China, December 2, 2013: HUAWEI, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today launched its global holiday online competition ‘Unlock Possibilities’. The free competition provides the chance to win a line-up of goodies, culminating in two grand prize Mercedes-Benz Sports Coupes. The ‘Unlock Possibilities’ competition further demonstrates HUAWEI’s aspiration to become one of the leading mobile phone brands globally by bringing quality, innovative and fashionable products within reach for more people. With a focus on the HUAWEI Ascend P6, ‘Unlock Possibilities’ is set to excite a global audience as HUAWEI continues to build its leadership in the smartphone industry.