Huawei was about to become the world's largest phone maker when the US struck

Huawei was about to become the world's largest phone maker when the US struck
A few weeks ago, both IDC and Strategy Analytics chimed in with their global phone market share results. What the research shops clearly demonstrated is the breathtaking ascent of Huawei in the span of a few short quarters. The largest Chinese manufacturer more than halved the difference between them and the top dog Samsung that saw its market share slip significantly.

IDC pegged Samsung's Q1 share at 23% vs 19% for Huawei, while Strategy Analytics went 21.7% vs 17.9%. Now, the reputable analysts from Gartner are ready with their own numbers for the first trimester of the year, and, while they indicate an overall drop in phone shipments, the figures reiterate Huawei's crazy growth pace in the past year or so.

Here, the difference between the first, Samsung, and the second, Huawei, is just 3.5%, and if the Chinese kept chugging on it, they could've become the world's largest phone maker by the end of the year. That's in sync with the strategy that Huawei's CEO laid out two years ago - to first beat Apple for the second place, and then dominate the market as a whole over Samsung.

No more, though, as the White House administration crushed its aspirations with one short executive order forbidding American hardware and software makers to do any business with telecom companies from "foreign adversaries." Currently, there is a stay on that order until mid-August but what will happen afterwards is anyone's guess, and users are already looking elsewhere, it seems. 

Adding insult to injury, Huawei's winning march in the past year or so was due to vastly increased sales of flagship phones from the P and Mate series, rather than budget handsets in China only, so it had every chance to increase its share in the profit, not only the sales pie. Bummer.



1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 879; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

This is the real reason why US is banning Huawei. To save there best spying arm Apple.

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Now if this isn't the most moronic comment I've read in a long time, I don't know what is.

10. Dadler22

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I think considering this strategy and then tying it to trump is a stretch to say the least. I think its just the easiest target to affect china's GDP exports considering the scale. People who love apple love apple faults and all, you dont need to convince them anything

3. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

I dont see where it says "flagships" is the cause of Huawei's rise to second. Please report the news as you hear it and not put in your own analysis of what is happening.

4. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Huawei is just one gigantic dumpster fire, filled with half truths and felonies. they deserve everything they're getting, i don't feel bad.

5. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Before the ban they were 13 mi units behind. At this rate they would not even reach 270mi, while Samsung will again still be above 300. What's the point of being best seller if they are not the #1 profit? I'd rather sell 18million units and earn $450 per unit than selling 100 million and earn $290 per unit.

6. mackan84

Posts: 634; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Ask Samsung

9. ijuanp03

Posts: 661; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

It's called marketing strategy, kid. Smaller profit margin but can sell plenty. This will in turn make Huawei name a household name just like today.

7. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

By world they mean Chinese users. And what really counts is European and American users.....which they can't touch so.......

8. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 200; Member since: May 29, 2019

A lot of unnecessary emotion in that headline.

11. Farcaster

Posts: 166; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

They still have a chance. I mean, worldwide means including China, which has a population exceeding that of North America, South America, Oceania, and all of Western Europe combined (and their phones don't sell well in Japan and South Korea anyways). If they sell well in China, all other countries don't really matter much to them.

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