They grow up so fast: Huawei ships 10 million P9 and P9 Plus phones, reaches its yearly goal

They grow up so fast: Huawei ships 10 million P9 and P9 Plus phones, reaches its yearly goal
Huawei has been hard at work making its name known in the smartphone industry for a few years now. When it comes to its flagships. the company focuses on making shiny, metallic, premium-looking smartphones, and doesn't hold back on experimenting with tech such as Force Touch or dual cameras. This year's Huawei P9 flagship, for example, features a dual camera developed in partnership with Leica, and the manufacturer invested quite a lot in a PR and marketing campaign, which made sure that the P9 will be seen by anyone looking for a brand-new flagship.

It seems all the effort has been paying off for Huawei. Back in October, the smartphone slinger reported that it has shipped 100 million phones (of all models) internationally — it took Huawei the whole of 2015 to reach this number, so, obviously, the manufacturer is having a good 2016. Back then, the number of flagship P9 and P9 Plus phones that were sold was 6 million.

Since it achieved such good results in 2015, Huawei's target for 2016 was raised to 140 million shipped phones. And the company's senior VP, Yu Chengdong, has now confirmed that this target has been reached. Since the flagship P9 was at 9 million shipments in November, it's easy to assume that, since Huawei has hit its 140-million mark, the P9 and P9 Plus have passed the 10 million shipments milestone as well. The company expects its flagship duo to sell around 12 million devices internationally before it is replaced by its successors in 2017.

Sounds great, but how does this compare? Well, Samsung sold about 10 million Galaxy S7 phones within the first month of its release, and Apple sold the mind-boggling 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices within their release weekend. So, Huawei is yet to catch up with the major players internationally, but there's no denying that the company has certainly managed to establish a presence both on the market and in users' minds.

source: Anzhuo (translate) via GizmoChina

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  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
P9 Plus
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  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
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  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
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1. maherk

Posts: 7064; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wish they improve on their camera focus speed, thats the only reason why I ditched the Honor 8 for the S7. I love everything about the P9 Plus except for the slow focus speed.

2. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

And their UI could use a bit of work as well. A stock like android with the bare essentials would make their phones more appealing. There kirin soc is already quite a capable soc so they just need to improve on the software experience.

3. maherk

Posts: 7064; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I actually like their UI, especially with their latest iteration that was presented with the Mate 9. I don't like stock that much, it is way too limited for my taste, especially when it comes to the camera app.

5. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I find it quite hard to use phones from non-reputed Chinese brands but I've used phones from all other major brands. May be, Where I am from has a major impact on me not being able to consider those, mentally. Where are you from?

6. maherk

Posts: 7064; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lebanon. There will always be a learning curve whenever you get a new phone, and it took me two days to know everything about Huawei's EMUI, and all the cons I found it are fixed with EMUI5. They are highly underrated, and again, the only thing that holds me from buying the P9 Plus is the slow focus, especially in low light conditions.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I do not care for stock either and if they ever come out with a phone with note features I would give them a try.

7. cheee

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 11, 2016

huawei shipment 33 million phone more than 30 million iphone so it is time for iphone to go third place

8. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

I don't understand how people complain about EMUI. Aren't you actually checking out those phones in shops etc? there are youtube videos, reviews which show what the software is made of. Now buying one and then complaining about EMUI is sort of annoying. I am using the Honor 7 and it took me a few minutes to get used to EMUI 4.0. But now i wouldn't want to miss it. Bare stock Android is really boring compared to it and misses feature i love in EMUI. The only thing i do not really like is the camera app of Huawei/Honor - The features are fantastic (super night mode is mind blowing), but the logic of how to access and enable the features reminds me of a maze... But in total i love Huawei and Honor phones.

9. maherk

Posts: 7064; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What I don't get is that EMUI 4 was almost identical to iOS, and the same people who were criticizing it are the ones that defend iOS and explain why they love it. Double standards.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And that's the reason why I disliked Huawei's devices - the iOS wannabe EMUI turned me off.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I would have preferred it as stock and i would skin it as i please. That's the strength of Windows desktop. Every notebook desktop work the same and yet the user has the freedom to customise.

10. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

EMUI 5.0 looks much better IMO.

12. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

My only issue with any Huawei: High price for a not so flagship spec and not unlockable device.

14. chenski

Posts: 789; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I'm actually considering huawei for my next device. They have beastly battery life

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