The exciting year that 2014 was is on the way out, meaning it's time for everyone to do a quick overview of the accomplishments and, inevitably, fails that they have experienced throughout the year. It seems like Huawei isn't missing on the occasion, as an internal year-end memo has obviously been obtained by Reuters, which, in turn, is generously sharing its contents with us.
Although Huawei has reportedly refused to comment on the authenticity of the memo (because the company doesn't comment on any leaked materials, same as most other companies), it appears that it's a congratulatory kind of thing from Huawei consumer business head, Richard Yu, to employees. According to the data, Huawei's smartphone sales have increased by almost a third, to $11.8 billion. In terms of volume, this corresponds to about 75 million units sold - a bit lower than the company's goal of 80 million devices.
Huawei chief Richard Yu has sent a memo to employees to congratulate them for a strong 2014
The solid numbers have allowed Huawei to capture the third place in terms of global smartphone sales volume. According to Q3 2014 sales data provided by research company Gartner, Huawei is currently a distant third after Samsung and Apple. However, the company is closely followed by even faster-growing Xiaomi, which has almost tied its Chinese neighbor for the third place. It'll definitely be interesting to see if there are any changes in the rank-list once the numbers for Q4 arrive. The other company to watch is Lenovo, which, after buying Motorola from Google
this year, is now enjoying an almost equally big sales volume as Xiaomi and Huawei.
Back to Huawei, the company introduced some remarkable smartphone models this year, including the extremely thin Ascend P7
, and the impressively advanced Ascend Mate7
, with the latter actually earning a spot in our Best Phablets of 2014
Huawei Ascend Mate7 earned a spot in our Best Phablets of 2014 list