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Huawei's Daydream-ready phone coming this year, will work with Leica for 'at least five years'

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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Huawei CEO Richard Yu said that the manufacturer will launch a VR-ready phone this Fall, which will adhere to Google's Daydream standard. Yu also talked about the company's alliance with German optics vendor Leica — which kicked off with the Huawei P9, stating that it will continue "at least for the next five years."

Yu shared his lofty long-term goal for Huawei in the smartphone segment:

We want to be the number-one smartphone maker in the world. It's a long distance race, and we have the patience. Our growth is mainly coming from the high-end, premium segment. If you want to be the leading vendor you have to lead in the high-end.

While Huawei is making huge strides in Europe, the Middle East, and India, the vendor does not have a large presence in the U.S. Yu said that Huawei was in discussions with carriers to bring more handsets to the country, without any additional details on specific products.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • The US us probably the most hostile of countries in regards to wireless. It's an excellent example of what not to do. The UK is a perfect example of how it should be done...
  • The us makes them the most money, look at Samsung Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only if you play the game and only the top OEM's can do so. Sony, Huawei, OnePlus, etc. can't integrate with US carriers that try to be so much more than they should be. Carriers should be nothing more than dumb pipes. That's how the UK handles it and they have access to virtually every phone launched.
  • I wouldn't say the UK is perfect, but it seems a hell of a lot better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got an opportunity to try out the Huawei P9 last month. It's actually a pretty solid phone with a pretty great stills camera. The hardware may not be by Leica (well, Leica's own cameras aren't even completely made by them anyway) but it seems that the software processing is where they got it. It's pretty nice. The one con is that because it lacks stabilization, video looks really shaky. R.I.P GPe program
  • Yeah from what I've seen, video on the P9 is shakey as hell. Photography seems to have been the main focus and video an after thought. I think it's a hell of a phone for the price though, based on my brief hands on with it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's pretty good. I think the design of EMUI is still an acquired taste, but I really didn't find it overly obnoxious, despite some design influence from a well-known fruit company's competing OS. :P It performed well and yes, that camera is worthy of being one of the top ones right now in terms of phone photography. Shame it doesn't have stabilization for video, however.
  • I take it the Leica part actually means "We've licensed the name Leica to paint on our phones for 5 years!"
  • It's more of a certification, since the camera does have to meet Leica's standards before they can stamp their name on it.
  • I've heard that Daydream compatibility requires an AMOLED screen, so expect to see a lot less LCD panels in future. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, I've been hearing that OLED production costs are going down, to the point where some of them are actually cheaper than equivalent LCDs. I still maintain that LCD vs OLED is a matter of personal preference, but with the way things are going, OLED is probably going to be the new mainstream display tech and not just a Samsung thing.
  • Apparently it's because of refresh rates, LCDs aren't fast enough. May just be a rumour, but it would make sense. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I kinda leica this. Wait. Nope....I don't.
  • I wonder if I'm naughty or Zeiss this year.... (R.I.P. Bad Puns)
  • Lens pretend this never happened!
  • I hope huawei can see success here in the US I love there phones and I used to have a iPhone 5 galaxy s5(refurbished)and a lumina 640 and a lg g2 and lg k7 now I'm on the honor 5x :D Posted via the the best budget device the honpr5x with Android m ui theme
  • !I've gone from owning a HTC M7 which was a great phone, to owning a P9 that has blown any other phone I've had out of the water ! Seriously, bar having to get used to another way of doing things from Sense, it has been perfect. The camera is the icing on the cake. It just makes taking photos, and making your shots look good, very easy. I've seen none of the "shake" previous comments have alluded to. A few people have even told me my P9 photos on Facebook have looked like a pro has taken bull ! It's also got the best out of the box music player I've ever used on a mobile. Files are easily found and used. It's lightning quick and charges quickly. Easily keeps a charge all day with a lot of use. I have to admit I thought I would go straight the a HTC 10 and was a bit cheesed off when I found out Vodafone UK were not going to stock it. I looked around at what else they had and was impressed with the's actually handled even better than I hoped, and my Mrs has the same phone and she loves hers. I will definitely be going for a Huawei phone next time.
  • Just buy a HTC 10 and put your sim card in it, you don't have to buy from the networks. Posted from my Nokia 3310