Huawei, Oppo and Vivo cut 4Q smartphone orders by 10% amid weaker global sales

Three of China's major smartphone producers, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, have cut their smartphone orders for the fourth calendar quarter by 10%. This information comes from sources related to the manufacturers' upstream suppliers. With global demand for smartphones not exactly red hot, the first quarter of 2018 is also expected to show weakness for the trio of Chinese handset producers. Huawei, which at times this year was ranked as the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer ahead of Apple, recently confirmed that its high-end Mate 10 Pro will be offered by stateside carriers.

Oppo is reverting back to focusing on online sales after an attempt to ring up its handsets in China's physical stores failed. Thus, the manufacturer is working with e-commerce stars like Amazon and Flipkart to bolster its online presence. Vivo also is suffering through this period of soft demand.

One Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has bucked the trend is Xiaomi. Yesterday, we passed along the exciting news that the company is beginning to talk with U.S. carriers about finally selling its flagship models in the U.S., starting sometime within the next two years. Thanks to a balanced discipline that relies on both online sales and its presence inside stores, Xiaomi has been able to avoid the downtrend that its rivals inside China are facing.

source: Digitimes

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6 Comments

1. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

iPhone X effect......

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The biggest reason why I'd never buy from The Chinese Big 4 (Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo) is... Notifications. Or the lack of them. These phone makers put such agressive battery saving measures on their custom UIs that one have to lock apps in the background to receive notifications. And for me, a phone without notifications is just a glorified dumb phone, period. And my second biggest complaint is... iOS homage. Tell you what, pick any new Oppo Smartphone that runs on Nougat and come tell me what the experience reminds you of! It's a COMPLETE ripoff of iOS10 COMPLETE with Control Center that you've to swipe-up from the bottom to access! And my third complaint is their over-reliance on: Mediatek. Oh well, G'Day!

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Both Huawei and Xiaomi are trying to leave the iOS boat, both EMUI 5 and MIUI 8 does show their UI are following the Google material design guidelines. Oppo.... yes, they still trying to copy iOS UI, you still can find some of it here and there but not as much, they seem strip down a bit compare to the ColorOS 3.0, and implemented certain amount of material design through out the UI. As for Vivo.... they did blatantly copy iOS, every single part of the UI was obviously paying homage to iOS.

5. samgsam

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Apart from OnePlus, I also have Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and i can surely tell this that I've never faced any kind of notification issues. Xiaomi can be trusted. I don't trust oppo and vivo.

6. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Xiaomi is embracing Android One. As for Huawei, heir skin has matured and they have in-house processors. As for notification, you can customize every bit in EMUI so that's a non-issue.

3. midan

Posts: 2716; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Apple just released three new iPhones which are all in high demand, so seeing news like this isn't surprising.

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