Relying on 4G to survive, Huawei P50 is turned away by Chinese netizens, called ‘IQ tax’

Relying on 4G to survive, Huawei P50 is turned away by Chinese netizens, called ‘IQ tax’


2021-08-02 08:25:29

At the end of July, Huawei officially launched its P50 product line. Despite being delayed by 4 months, it still attracted attention from both Chinese users and the international community.

However, the most prominent problem is that these two high-end smartphone models can only support 4G networks, not 5G, even though Huawei is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of 5G today, in both the industry and the world. terminal equipment and infrastructure..

“Due to the four rounds of sanctions imposed by the US in the last two years that have restricted our 5G mobile phones, we can currently only use 4G, and our 5G chips can only be used as chips. 4G”, Huawei CEO Richard Yu speaks at the product launch event.

The inadequacy of Huawei launching 4G smartphones at this time is all the more striking, as China’s 5G mobile phone penetration rate is expected to reach more than 70% this year. Along with the higher-than-expected prices, equivalent to 15.9 million VND and 21.3 million VND, the attitude of Chinese consumers towards this national mobile phone company was immediately “polarized”.

Many people even call Huawei’s new product “IQ Tax”, that is, something only fools with low IQ can buy.

“Those who like Huawei, those who support Huawei, please hurry up and buy it. I will support you.” an encouraging commentator.

“Without 5G, it’s still expensive. It doesn’t even come with a charger or a headset.” another lamented.

“This price that halved is absolutely explosive”

“I hope patriots will take practical actions to support this high-priced 4G-enabled flagship mobile phone, so that Huawei can survive the difficult time, so that America can see the ‘backbone’ of the Chinese people, so that my daughter in Canada can buy more LV bags”, a user satirized by impersonating Mr. Nham Chinh Phi.

However, there are also opposing views in favor of the Chinese tech giant.

“5G network is not covered yet, 5G mobile packages are still too expensive, 4G smartphones are now completely enough”.

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In fact, it’s not that Huawei doesn’t want to bring 5G to this new product line. Because of pressures and bans from the US government, Huawei’s current chip supply is still “stuck”. Although Qualcomm obtained a license to supply chips to Huawei last year, it was limited to 4G chips. For this same reason, Qualcomm has specifically launched the 4G version of the Snapdragon 888 chip. Many sources say that Huawei has paid $1.8 billion in patent fees to Qualcomm for this same purpose. To keep the mobile phone business afloat, Huawei can only compromise for now.

Without 5G, Huawei is hoping to attract consumers through its inherent camera prowess. Huawei P series phones have long been known for their outstanding photography capabilities, this time Huawei P50 is further improved in terms of imaging capabilities, with the inclusion of a triple camera lens module, in which there’s a 50-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 12-megapixel periscope camera. The telephoto lens also supports 5x equivalent optical zoom.

In DxOMARK’s latest camera rankings, the Huawei P50 Pro has a total score of 144 points, coming in first place.

In addition, to demonstrate that the 4G version of the P50 has the same performance as a 5G mobile phone, CEO Richard Yu also specially emphasized the company’s 4G + Wi-Fi 6 + AI heterogeneous communication technology. P50. More specifically, assuming the user is moving and is about to arrive in an area with weak signal, the P50 will pre-download files (such as music stream, video…) in the strong signal area, to ensure that the user users will always be able to maintain a smooth communication experience.

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But are ordinary users really convinced to make buying decisions based solely on superior camera technology, which is difficult for them to evaluate and visualize. Or prepaid data plans have enough space for Huawei’s AI to download all available files, before going into weak signal areas.

In fact, at the aforementioned new product launch conference, in addition to the P50 series, Huawei also brought a number of products such as speakers, smart screens, watches, bracelets, headphones, tablets, etc. lock the door. Obviously, mobile phones have been inadvertently marginalized in Huawei’s terminal business, and other IoT products promise to become the future focus of the tech giant’s future development. this.

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