Huawei sold more 5G smartphones than Samsung last year

Huawei sold more 5G smartphones than Samsung last year
Last year was undoubtedly a tough one for Huawei because of the ongoing US trade ban, but it still managed to outperform expectations. The company sold a record number of smartphones and its latest revelation suggests it became the 5G market’s early leader.

Huawei shipped almost 7 million 5G devices in 2019


Huawei announced earlier today that it sold an impressive 6.9 million 5G-ready smartphones between January and December 2019. These numbers position the brand as the undisputed yet unexpected leader in the fast-growing segment.

Arch-rival Samsung recently announced shipments of 6.7 million devices throughout 2019. Many analysts believed this figure accounted for anywhere between 50% and 75% of the entire 5G market, but today’s numbers mean Samsung actually accounted for less than 50%. 

Huawei’s road to the aforementioned figure is certainly impressive. It started the year off with just one 5G device – the Mate 20 X 5G – which is believed to have sold modestly. 

However, in October it launched the Mate 30 5G and Mate 30 Pro 5G, which are understood to have sold extremely well within China. These sales were later propped up by the Mate 30 RS Porsche Design in November, the Nova 6 5G which debuted in December, and the 500,000 foldable Mate X units that have already been sold.

The company is expected to offer a much wider range of 5G devices this year that target even more price segments. However, it’ll be facing an increasingly competitive crowd, meaning that its market share is likely to decrease despite growing sales.

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15 Comments

1. kamejoko

Posts: 256; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

sold in china?

10. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's the key right there. Samsung is a juggernaut compared to Huawei trying to be a pale imitation of Samsung.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22771; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huawei is as much of a juggernaut as Samsung is. But both Huawei and Samsung are juggernauts compared to Google. The fact that they sold so may in one country isn’t a detriment. Apple sells the most iPhones in the U.S. Google sells the most Pixels in the U.S. (what little smartphones they sell). Are those bad things?

2. gadgetpower

Posts: 290; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Let’s wait for Apple’s 5G and this number will be just for Pre-order.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22771; Member since: May 28, 2014

Leave it to you to “be that guy” and bring up Apple in an article that has absolutely nothing to do with them. But you’d probably be one of the first to complain had a Samsung fan (or Android fan in general) done the same.

11. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Haven't you brought up Apple AND Google multiple times before in articles that had zero sh** to do with either one? Leave it up to you talk about someone else "be that guy."

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22771; Member since: May 28, 2014

Haven’t you brought up Huawei, BlackBerry and HMD (Nokia) multiple times before in articles that had zero sht to do with any of them? Leave it up to me to expose your own hypocrisy. I bring up other OEM’s for comparison. You bring them up to attack them.

14. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No meanest, once again you don't get to move the goalpost when you get put on the spot. The only hypocrisy here is what you are doing up above.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22771; Member since: May 28, 2014

Aren't you moving said goalpost since I just put you on the spot about your hypocrisy, Venom? Your hypocrisy is constantly on display for all to see.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22771; Member since: May 28, 2014

Iirc, Huawei also released its 5G offering before Samsung, which also played a role in them having the better 5G smartphone sales. Nonetheless, both Huawei and Samsung offer amazing and innovative smartphones that push the boundaries of smartphone tech. It’s no wonder that they are the top 2 smartphone OEM’s globally.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4381; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

China also has the homegrown advantage of having the most robust 5G network and population to support all the while driving nationalism for its own devices so the higher sales makes perfect sense.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22771; Member since: May 28, 2014

Speaking of 5G networks: Seeing as how Huawei has the most advanced 5G networking equipment and the most patents for it, and they offered to license its IP so that others can build out their own 5G networks for themselves (most notably, the U.S), it baffles the mind that they haven’t taken Huawei up on that offer since they believe them to be spies for the Chinese government.

7. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Fact - they do EVERYTHING better than Samsung.

8. pimpin83z

Posts: 611; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

LMFAO! Okay........

9. Wazupmrg

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Curious why the didn't include how many 5g phones Apple sold. Oh..........

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