SHENZHEN: V3 took a tour of Huawei's Global Compliance Testing Centre, during a media visit to the telecoms firm's Chinese campus in Shenzhen.
This is where the firm tests devices, networking equipment and other hardware against impact, extreme weather and other hazards. A sign outside reads: "Lab quality objective: scientific, honest, accurate, reliable. Serve the design and production departments with whole heart."
The chambers below test devices in extreme high and low temperatures.
Huawei's Research and Development division employs a staggering 70,000 people worldwide, while there are 140 staff in the Shenzhen campus. The testing lab has been internationally accredited for Electromagnetic compatibility, RF, telecoms, safety and environmental reliability.
Above, a worker waits for a device to go through temperature testing.
This walk-in climatic testing chamber reaches temperatures as low as -70C and as high as 95C, as well as humidity of 15 percent relative humidity (RH) 98 percent RH, to ensure devices can withstand harsh environments.
"But, really, if it was that hot, you wouldn't be worried about your phone anymore, because it'd be the end of the world and you'd be dead," quipped Joe Kelly, vice president of international media affairs.
Some of the machines can recreate sandstorms to ensure durability, which is handy to know if you're planning to take your phone to the beach.
Above is the inside of a temperature and vibration testing chamber. And finally, below is the most exciting: the radiation testing chamber, which tests devices to make sure they are not emitting any unsafe particles. Otherwise, the soundproofed room can be a really good place to practise karaoke.
By V3's Clare Vooght, who is pretty clumsy with her phone
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