Liu was in Bangkok on Thursday to launch its flagship P8 smartphones in Thailand, the second largest market in southeast Asia.
Myanmar, once one of the world’s least-connected nations, has grown to become Huawei’s biggest market in the region, with a share of more than 50 percent, Liu said.
To tap strong growth in the region, the Shenzhen-based company aims to work closely with local partners and distributors and plans to open up to 1,500 customer service centres, Kevin Ho, president for the handset product line, said.
The launch of P8, which runs on Google Inc’s Android operating system, is likely to spark fiercer competition in the Thai handset market.
Earlier this month, China’s Xiaomi Technologies joined with Thailand’s largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service to sell its first smartphone, dubbed the Xiaomi Mi 4(Review | Pictures), online in the country.
Market researcher IDC said on Thursday it expects sales of smartphones in Thailand to grow by 29 percent to boost the number of smartphone users to 36 million by the end of this year.