In an unexpected gesture within the tech world, Ren Zhengfei, Huawei's founder and CEO, expressed his admiration for Apple, the American counterpart to his company. Ren shared these sentiments during a discussion at the International Collegiate Programming Contest sponsored by Huawei.
He emphasized his aversion to xenophobia towards foreign companies and lauded Apple for its quality. Ren commented, “We often study Apple’s products to understand their excellence. Recognizing the difference between Apple and us has been an enlightening experience. In many ways, you could call me an Apple fan.”
Apple received high praise from one of its major competitors
This admiration emerges amidst a backdrop of intense rivalry in the smartphone domain, with Huawei's latest 5G flagship models competing directly with Apple's devices. The situation for Huawei intensified in 2019 when the company was enlisted on the Entity List during Donald Trump's presidency. This development brought a slew of challenges, from the unavailability of essential chips to losing access to Google apps and services, which notably dented Huawei's reputation in the Western markets.
Yet, adversity seems to have spurred innovation at Huawei. The company has reintroduced itself with the launch of the Mate 60 phone, a premium offering. Intriguingly, the Mate 60 incorporates Huawei's in-house HiSilicon Brin 9000S system-on-chip, echoing Apple's strategy of crafting its proprietary chips. As the competition intensifies, Ren's commendation of Apple underscores the intricate tapestry of global tech relations and how competition can coexist with mutual respect and learning.