Huawei Consumer Business CEO Yu Chengdong revealed that the company has so far lost around $ 60-70 million by selling the foldable smartphone Mate Xs, even though its price was 16,999 yuan ($ 2,267).
According to him, the prices of flagship products are high due to the cost of production, and if the cost of flexible signage drops, profits can be made, reports GizmoChina.
Huawei phones are still difficult to sell abroad, as an American blacklist has removed access to Google apps like YouTube, Google Maps and Google Play.
Yu reassured users that Huawei phones would be fine even without U.S. components
He said Huawei’s investment in R&D would likely be the second largest this year.
Yu added that some of his competitors were simply spending a billion yuan on R&D, but that his company was investing $ 20 billion.
In 2019, the company invested around $ 18.5 billion in R&D (third largest), which represented 15.3% of its total revenue of 467.3 billion yuan with growth of 34% in year-on-year.