Huawei Korea teams up with retailer

Chinese network and handset company Huawei Korea has released its MateBook two-in-one PC under a partnership with retail giant Shinsegae.

Huawei established its Korean branch in 2007, and earlier this year its budget Y6 smartphone was in the spotlight. However, it failed to attract wide interest because mobile carrier LG Uplus was the exclusive distributor.

Huawei Consumer Business Group Japan/Korea regional president Oliver Wu says the partnership with Shinsegae I&C, the IT-based platform service affiliate of the retail giant, will allow the group to introduce more Huawei consumer devices.

Shinsegae is expected to help Huawei diversify its distribution channels into Korea’s major shopping malls, online and offline.

MateBook had its debut at the Mobile World Congress in February. The 12in tablet comes with Windows 10.

Established in 1987, Huawei has more than 170,000 employees, half of whom work in its R&D division. The company has more than 50,000 patents.

Huawei last month announced a 40 per cent jump in sales in the first half of this year to 36.8 billion won (US$33.4 million).

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