(Yicai) Aug. 31 -- Huawei Technologies’ new Mate 60 Pro, the Chinese handset giant's first satellite phone, is out of stock just two days after launch.
The flagship store in Shanghai had no more Mate 60 Pro phones and three other stores in the eastern city had the same reply to Yicai’s inquiries. Even the Shenzhen-based firm's online store could not immediately ship the product.
“All stores in Shanghai have no Mate 60 Pro in stock. Mate 60 Pro will be on sale via offline channels in Shanghai from Sept. 10,” an employee of an experience center said to Yicai.
"Consumers have been lining up to make a reservation all day today, and each person needs to wait for 10 to 20 minutes for his or her turn,” a staffer told Yicai.
Mate 60 Pro is Huawei's first handset that supports satellite calls so connectivity is ensured even in remote places. But many consumers said to Yicai that they do not think this feature is highly necessary.
Instead, potential buyers are more interested in the phone's chip, developed in-house. "I just want to have a look at how well the new smartphone model performs with the new chip," a consumer said to Yicai. But people online are worried about the risk of overheating.
Besides the ban on buying parts made in the United States, Huawei is enduring a sector-wide downturn. Moreover, its strongest rival in China, Apple, is slated to release new flagship products next month. The iPhone 15 series is rumored to include major upgrades regarding battery life, processor speed, and charging.
Last year, Huawei was China's sixth-biggest smartphone vendor in China, occupying 8.8 percent of the market, according to IDC data. But in the second quarter of this year, it rose to rank fifth in a tie with Xiaomi with a market share of 13 percent.
Editor: Emmi Laine