Huawei breaking records in 2017, over 100 million smartphones shipped so far


Chinese manufacturer Huawei has managed to ship over 100 million smartphones for the first three quarters of 2017. This translates to a year-over-year increase of 19%, which means that the company has a very high chance of surpassing the 140 million units it shipped in 2016.

Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, said that this exponential growth has managed to increase the firm's operating revenues by more than 30% from January to September. The executive also mentioned that Huawei will seek further expansion by introducing more mid-range and premium products that will appeal to "high-end" consumers:


Huawei's strong performance in 2017 has also made it the second largest smartphone vendor in the world, having surpassed Apple thanks to great sales results in the months of June and July. Of course, Apple's new iPhones were not available in that period, so it will be interesting to see if the Asian phone maker will be able to retain its lead for the rest of the year.

source: China Daily via GSMArena

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21 Comments

2. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Good going Huawei. Few yrs ago, I couldn’t even think of them surpassing Apple, but they did it.

10. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 923; Member since: May 07, 2014

I did. I made the comment in front of my coworkers that Huawei will surpass Samsung and Apple. I made that prediction in 2013 and my coworkers laughed very hard at me. Now Huawei is not as great as Apple or Samsung but it has the potential. Seeing how great the mate 10 is I see great future for them

15. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Well, without selling phones in the US market, they aren't gonna beat Apple and Samsung. They may do very well in China vs the 2, but without the US, I don't see them selling 200-300M phones. To beat Samsung, they would need to sell phones on over 300 carriers and that would include US and Europe. One day I am sure it could happen, so I'm not saying it can't. But I would guarantee that without the US and Europe market, it won't happen. But they make 3 phones I would love to check out, but I'm not paying to have them shipped here. I've done that once with Samsung and I paid a hefty cost and won't do that again.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

But they already beat Apple. It says in this very article that they overtook Apple as the number 2 smartphone OEM by volume. Huawei already sells smartphones in the European market, and a good number of them. It's the U.S. that they need to increase in.

22. beeitu

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 18, 2016

According to data from IDC, Huawei shipped 38.5 million units of smartphones in Q2 2017, accounted for 11.3% share of the global market. This is just a whisper behind second-placed Apple, who shipped 41 million units of iPhones with a 12% market share. Looking at yearly growth rates, Huawei far outpaces Apple with 19.6% YoY growth vs 1.5% YoY growth for Apple.

21. beeitu

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 18, 2016

Well, their growth in Europe is quite promising, exceeded 50% in 1H 2017. If they are able to replicate this success in other markets such as the US, then we may have a new smartphone king in the near future.

4. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Seems like everyone is selling more phones at the moment. Is the market really expanding a lot or is someone losing out big time?

5. toukale

Posts: 632; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

The low end part of the market is growing like wild fire in places like India and parts of Africa. There is also a moderate growth in the mid-low end of the market. The high end of the market is basically flat these days.

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1568; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Seems Apple is down in sales compared to usual right now, I bet HTC has lost market share as well.

11. toukale

Posts: 632; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Apple is not down in sales, just about all the early adopters are waiting on the X, that's the story. I am sure Apple does not mind that, since the X will boost their margins. It will all evens out at the end of the quarter.

17. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

That is a complete fabrication on your part according to this: https://www.statista.com/statistics/276306/global-apple-iphone-sales-since-fiscal-year-2007/ When the iPhone 6 came out, Apple got 231M sales for 2015. The very next year with the 6S sales fell to 211M. You should really Google facts before you blab. This year is gonna be less due to low iPhone 8 sales and iPhone X sales being delayed until next year. Sales are down on just about all of their products.

23. beeitu

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 18, 2016

A majority of people are not buying iPhone 8 and 8 Plus because they are waiting for iPhone X. If you read reports, Apple may at best be able to sell 20 million units of iPhone X this year. Just to put this in context, the iPhone 6S/6S Plus sold 13 million units in its first launch weekend in 2015. Even though the iPhone 7/7 Plus sold 25% less during its launch weekend compared to its predecessor, that still amounts to around 9.75 million unit sales. The source is Dazeinfo.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So, you're saying their sales are down...

16. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Both? India and China is still basically untapped. All they need is an affordable option and a carrier willing to sell it, or make a way for direct buying.

7. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I like to know if those are sales from China alone or across other demographics. Reason is that in China the locals are given preference over other no local manufactures like Apple, Samsung, LG, Nokia, BB, HTC etc.. I think its very hard to do business in China if you don't bend to the party's ever whim. But that's what all these American deserve ( Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Apple, QC, Ford, GM) When you take American jobs overseas to China and expect to sell to its masses you are being delusional. Why? the government is till a communist regime and they will never allow the free market and movement of free ideas that elevate human dignity flourish. Thus the free ride is over for these American companies. can't win in that market and when the import back to America people cant afford there goods because they " got no Jobs" they were all taken overseas. Sorry about the rant Just passionate about American companies looking out for Americans as much too.

9. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

You dont know a thing about China. Locals there are extremely pro western. Apple has the highest brand preference by far in China. In fact all of their largest franchises are dominated by American and other western companies. It is Koreans that has extreme nationalistic and racial sentiments and only support their own.

13. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Even if it's just "local", you gotta remember that they got enough heat on home turf down to tier 3 OEMs, which means said number are still a remarkable achievement.

12. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

They kinda deserve it really. To start from 0 until being able to design their own SoC in its current stage are no mean feat by any measure. But now they gotta watch out from ever making Samsung's earlier (and looks like ongoing) mistake of trying to cover way too much price points than they should and ... software ... Much can still be done about EMUI, its surrounding sub services and need to beat the old "fragmentation" conundrum that plagues most of their rivals by aggressively redirecting and overhauling their current Android OS base update approach.

14. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It shows that people don't care about the updates. At all. Huawei never released two major Android updates for any of their flagships, it seems that this year will be no different - there are no signs of Oreo update for the P9.

24. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 923; Member since: May 07, 2014

P9 will have the Oreo update

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great going, Huawei. I said way back when that they would become the number 2 smartphone manufacturer, displacing Apple. They have some great handsets as of late.

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