(Yicai Global) Jan. 23 -- Chinese electronics giant Huawei Technologies will debut its first smart television in April, for which screen maker BOE Technology Group is the original equipment manufacturer, financial news website JRJ.com reported today, citing sources.
This move may break Xiaomi's stranglehold on China's smart TV sales.
Rumors have long circulated that Huawei plans to produce TVs. Its Honor unit is gearing up to position itself in the TV market and is angling to break into the top three in China's TV market in three years, Honor president Zhao Ming publicly stated in the second half.
The company may not brand its TVs 'Honor,' but instead directly style it 'Huawei,' however, per the report.
Huawei has not set up an independent department for smart TVs and its Internet of Things division runs this line, according to sources.
Beijing-based BOE Technology may be the OEM of Huawei's smart TVs, just as Guangdong province-headquartered TCL is for Xiaomi. BOE Technology will also provide its 55-inch liquid-crystal display panel. Huawei and BOE have already formed one in-depth partnership. BOE's flexible organic light-emitting diode screen features on the high-end smartphone model Mate 20Pro, rather than Samsung's version.
Xiaomi has dominated China's smart TV market since its rival Leshi Internet Information and Technology became mired in debt.
Huawei's participation may thus input new variables into the smart home sector.
Editor: Ben Armour