Huawei defies US trade ban, ships 200 million smartphones in record time

Huawei defies US trade ban, ships 200 million smartphones in record time
Despite the US trade ban, Huawei’s momentum in Europe and other international markets has remained largely unaffected. This, combined with exploding sales in China, has helped the company ship 200 million smartphones in record time this year.

Taking to Twitter earlier today, Huawei announced that it reached the incredible milestone on October 22. This is quite monumental when you consider it took the company 64 extra days to achieve the same milestone last year – it exceeded the goal on December 25 – but is perhaps most impressive when compared to earlier years.

Two years ago, the company was celebrating the fact it had shipped 100 million smartphones by the end of September. Similarly, almost three years to the date in October 2016, Huawei had just surpassed the 100 million mark while in 2015 it didn’t exceed the latter until December.

The China-based brand has undoubtedly had an incredible few years that have slowly positioned it as Samsung’s closest rival, but recent developments unfortunately mean Huawei’s future is pretty uncertain. 

The US trade ban means the company can no longer launch smartphones with Google’s services. In China, this isn’t really a big deal, but globally it’ll undoubtedly be detrimental for Huawei’s smartphone business. And unless something changes in the near future, the brand’s shipments will likely start to decline soon as its range of devices ages and newer offerings appear from rival brands.



1. SyCo87

Posts: 326; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Hopefully we can get these phones back in the US, worry-free on both sides.

2. Samfruit

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 11, 2018

Am starting to think this ban will harm US (google) more than that of Huawei.

5. S4NDY

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

It has been known from the beginning that the US here suffers not Huawei.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yeah, U.S. companies that Huawei purchases heavily from are really suffering due to this political nonsense.

20. Venom

Posts: 3802; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

How do we suffer? I swear people act like Huawei devices are the best just because they slap something together and price it cheap. The fact that they are an imitate first and innovate later company that is backed by the Chinese government is proof that they are not as good as people think. The US is simply doing what China does and no one bat's an eye.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014 Huawei’s U.S. suppliers are going to lose 11 billion dollars annually due to the ban. THAT is U.S. companies suffering. Huawei is currently one of the most innovative smartphone companies out today, far more innovative than the likes Google, Apple, HTC, and many other smartphone OEM’s. You can’t say Huawei is imitating without saying that the bulk of smartphone OEM’s are also imitating. Just look at Google with it’s Pixel line, trying to imitate Apple, or Apple “borrowing” its design of its current triple camera system from Android OEM’s. There is also no proof that Huawei has accepted any type of backing from the Chinese government, but there is proof that U.S. companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Cisco and others have backdoors on behalf of the U.S. government, so by your logic, they aren’t as good as people think.

30. audibot

Posts: 668; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

its not just the phones all china sponsored companies use tech patents from the usa companies that are making products over there, its part of how you have to do business in china you want to make it here you have to give us the tech knowledge behind it.

38. rkoforever90

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Huawei was a blatant copy cat , however for the past two years they are the trend setter , gradiant color scheme , reverse wireless charging , innovative camera , large batteries , dedicated night mode , faster charger where popularized by Huawei and others copied , or where forced to adopt . Samsung was slowly becoming the Apple of android world thanks to Huawei they are no longer going that route

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

One can say that every smartphone OEM was a blatant copy that, then. They are all “inspired” by each other.

27. Tigerstown

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 23, 2019

They lost Google core apps so there for Android is pretty much worthless to them. So people are not going to keep buying their devices here in the USA or hardly anywhere. But USA will lose more LoL

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Here in the U.S., people haven't been buying Huawei devices in meaningful numbers due to limited availability anyway, so the U.S. has zero relevant bearing on Huawei's smartphone sales. You tried though. A for effrot and all that, lol. It remains to be seen how much of an impact the ban will have on Huawei smartphones from the Mate 30 Pro and onward, but if you think that they still won't be selling smartphones by the tens of millions, you're fooling yourself. I've posted a link backing up what I said. Where is your link backing you up?

31. audibot

Posts: 668; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

no one will the only people buying them in the usa are low income that dont care what they have and pre-pay phones, i have never seen a huawei phone used from ny to va.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huawei doesn’t count on the U.S. for smartphone sales. The U.S. has been irrelevant to them in that retrospect.

29. audibot

Posts: 668; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

no it wont but if it did o well google needs a swift kick in the A-- hole for censoring and doing all the shady crap around the world.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

U.S. tech companies are going to lose 11 billion annually due to the ban, so U.S. companies will suffer from it.

3. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

My sister and one of my friends just both the p30 pro and this is neither in Europe nor Asia... No one cares what the American government says

14. inFla

Posts: 173; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Spoken like a true patriot.

4. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Good job Huawei. Keep providing better products for Android without asking too much price.

7. iushnt

Posts: 3145; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

They are quite expensive though!!

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Only the flagships. Their other smartphones aren’t expensive at all.

21. Venom

Posts: 3802; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Better is highly subjective.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

For once, you and I agree. I feel that Huawei does provide the best Android offering out today, and even feel that they provide the best smartphones on the market today.

6. chicco

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 19, 2019

And Trump was sanctioning Chinese businesses based on a fake and imaginary business expert(Navarro). This only shows that US doesnt have proof of any wrongdoing by Huawei, they jus jelous. Keep it up Huawei.

32. audibot

Posts: 668; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

what country are you in i guess not america, if you love china and its business so much go over there and if you dont die from fake food or poison in air and water, you love there phones but they are destroying the world with pollution more then any other.

9. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

Keep up the good work Trump. Teach them that they can't mess with the USA

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

That clearly isn’t happening right now. If anything, the U.S. government is hurting it’s own just as much, if not more than Huawei, so who is really being taught a lesson here....

22. Venom

Posts: 3802; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. Allowing back is basically just allowing China into our backyard to do who knows what. It's not political propaganda at all to raise questions about Huawei especially when they have been guilty of things in the past.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s political propaganda to ban any company without proof simply because you can’t get your way in a trade war with the origin country of said company. If Huawei were guilty, the U.S. would have supplied proof by now, and you keep saying they’ve been guilty in the past, but have yet to provide a viable link proving so.

33. audibot

Posts: 668; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

do you really think nsa would release info about products that have that kind of backdoor, thing moron, no one would buy anything from china that means every company in usa and other parts of the world would drop crashing the markets, the fear factor would be way too high for people to deal with, think about it, all the iphones with pics and info and financial records on it, all the google and nest products all the amazon products no one would ever buy these again for atleast for 5 yrs hurting every company

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Who are you responding to? If you’re responding to me, using personal insults in a conversation about tech is a sign of the weak. And the NSA would absolutely release information about a foreign entity spying and having backdoors. What they would not release is information about the U.S. spying or U.S. companies spying on behalf of the government, but it’s already been proven that the U.S. spies and that U.S. companies spy on behalf of the government. If you were not responding to me, carry on. It’s difficult to tell who is responding to who with the new set up on PA.

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