Huawei reassesses goal of overtaking Samsung as production halts

Huawei reassesses goal of overtaking Samsung as production halts
Huawei has made no secret of its plans to overtake Samsung as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer by the first quarter of 2020. But in light of its recent US trade ban, the company is reassessing its goal.

According to Honor President Zhao Ming, Huawei is currently looking into the possibility of adjusting its internal goals. He says it’s still “too early” to say whether or not the Chinese company is capable of achieving the goals it currently has set, although things aren’t looking too good.

Per sources familiar with the matter, Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn that also assembles iPhones and Xiaomi devices recently shut down Huawei production lines. This happened because the company suddenly reduced its orders for new phones in light of weakened demand due to the US ban.

It’s unclear at this point if Huawei’s production cut is temporary or long-term, but the request could negatively impact Foxconn. After all, the latter reportedly hired lots of new workers earlier this year in order to cope with the growing demand for Huawei’s smartphones.

On a related note, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently forecast a significant drop in sales for Huawei this year. The best-case scenario, which involves launching an Android replacement at some point in the near future, would see Huawei ship between 240 and 250 million smartphones by the end of the year, down from the previous estimates of 270 million devices. However, if the company fails to release an in-house OS by the end of the year, Huawei’s shipments could fall to just 180 million devices.

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26 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hopefully ban lasts at least 1-2 more months , after that it doesn't matter if they get unbanned. They deserved it -industrial espionage -shady business practices -gouverment spying

2. Popop971

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

-industrial espionage -shady business practices -gouverment spying ... That sound a lot like many american tech companies ...

3. User123456789

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Weird that Samsung presents on a event the screen with hole ( all their are oled only) and not long after that phones with LCD + screen hole ( screen not made by Samsung) are announced.

4. alanrock

Posts: 309; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

don't forget U and V holes ...

16. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

And A holes ofc.

11. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Yeah im pretty sure those Samsung display tech secrets that were sold to a chinese company was most likely Huawei and BOE. Same how Huawei interviews ex Apple employees for job prospects but all they do is ask them what tech Apple is going to use in future devices and what components they buy. And they don't even hire them all they want is info.

12. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Honor were the first to market with hole punch screens. Samsungs mid range screens that are LCD (all are not OLED) and were announced at the same time as Honor are purchased from BOE. At least get your facts right if you are going to run your mouth.

18. Fred3

Posts: 517; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

LOL being the first to market it do not mean much... All it takes it for a different tech company to find out what you are working on then rush to produce their copy of your idea(which happens alot). Sounds like you need to run the thinking process of your brain a little better and quit getting so butthurt angry man.

25. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It's not Samsung's idea, they buy thier holepunch LCD's from BOE. Samsung's holepunch OLED's came a couple of months later.

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Everyone spies obviously but the scale that Huawei could spy on others is on a completely different level, spying is like a game the countries play and take turns at but Huawei just picked up the game and threw it out of the window, if they can spy like the US fears then they win this little game of spying by a land slide and of course that just won't do.

26. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

That would be economic suicide.

8. QuantumRazer

Posts: 120; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

"gouverment spying" Oh please give me a break...

13. twens

Posts: 1174; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

For a tech site sometimes I’m awed by certain comments from some people. Everything you described can equally be said about America. The real fight is about 5g and who controls it. It’s only a shame America is late to the party and is finding every card they have in their possession to delay the Chinese takeover. Whoever controls 5g controls the world. It’s bigger than trump and the media are making you believe. This is a race for “who gets to be the biggest spy” and America is Late to the party.

15. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Are those Apple and Google? Oh wait...

5. P20prouser

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

Allegations, we all know Americais good with that, having 4g as first.. They know the capacity of doing so

6. kplayon

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

We'll have to see what Huawei will do if ban lasts longer than 6 months. I feel like Samsung innovated faster because of Huawei and now I'm worried they'll rest on their laurels.

7. oldskool50

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

How can Samsung rest when there are other Android OEM's. That just crazy thinking. Samsung has never rested on their laurels. I think you have them confused with Apple.

9. BkingT22

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Samsung is resting , no true fast charge, camera quality while good still not the best, they improved on software / battery life but could do more. And they publicly said they are not aiming to be first with new flashy stuff any more. Where is the 25W charging update for the S10 thats rumored to come out??? should not take this long.

22. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Dont worry their 45W charge should be out for Note 10 or S11 So they not resting.

23. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

Samsung is all about maximizing how much profit they can make off of each phone they put out. It doesn't make since for them to place all their eggs in one basket. Instead it makes more since for them to keep giving us a little more with each new flagship that comes out, while at the same time making sure that they don't allow the competition to get to far ahead. This is why Samsung will now introduce faster charging with the Note 10 or S11 because they need to keep up with the competition.

24. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

Oppo has a phone that actually has the front facing camera embedded in the screen. https://twitter.com/oppo My guess is this will probably be the next big camera thing that other major players will eventually adopt. Hopefully Samsung will introduce that with the S12 series since they are already planning long overdue camera hardware upgrade for the S11 and they want us to have something to look forward to after the launch of the S11 series.

10. vickygamit

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Still waiting for proof against Huawei

14. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I have a feeling it doesn't exist

17. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It does not !Yet! exist, give it time man, manufacturing proof takes time.

20. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

huawei is toy of trump to slap on china's trade. unless trump's term end in 2021. world trade will be better everwhere.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Lets be real, they were never going to over take Samsung as the top and Apple could take second back if they lowered their pride and offered an affordable device, something the $400-$500 range like the Pixel 3as, of course they won't do that but imagine if they did.

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