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Huawei's Richard Yu Talks Trash About Apple, Samsung

Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei Device, speaks at a launch event prior to the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei Device, speaks at a launch event prior to the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012Photograph by Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In an unusually candid interview with Matt Warman of the U.K.’s Telegraph, Huawei Devices Chairman Richard Yu was a cross between a WWF-era pro wrestler and a 1980s rap MC as he hyped Huawei’s new Ascend P6 and, more entertaingly, delivered a verbal smackdown of his competitors. It’s a bold move, as Huawei clearly has designs on becoming a top-three smartphone maker but so far has lagged behind more famous brands. Yu’s posture is reminiscent of up-and-coming rappers who sought attention by taking shots at the big boys (See: Canibus/LL Cool J; Cam’ron/Jay-Z). In this case, Yu delivered a critical beatdown of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Warman’s desk, calling it a “so-so smartphone” and saying, “We’re not made of plastic.” But he was only getting started:

I believe we just witnessed the mobile-industry version of the gasface. On to Apple: