Huawei continues to close in on Samsung with impressive Q1 2019 smartphone sales

Huawei continues to close in on Samsung with impressive Q1 2019 smartphone sales
2018 has been something of a roller coaster for Huawei, the highly controversial telecommunications equipment vendor that also somehow managed to beat Apple for second place in global smartphone shipments for two consecutive quarters. Ultimately, the China-based tech giant ranked third overall in the mobile device market last year, selling however a colossal 206 million units or so around the world, up from "only" 153 million in 2017.

While market research firms like Strategy Analytics and the International Data Corporation (IDC) are not yet ready to release their full Q1 2019 reports, Huawei has just confirmed another impressive new set of numbers that puts the company on track to substantially narrowing the gap to Samsung by the end of the year and possibly reaching its most ambitious goal yet in 2020.

According to the South China Morning Post, no less than 59 million Huawei smartphones were shipped between January and March 2019 worldwide, up a staggering 50 percent or so from the 39 million third-party estimate of Q1 2018. That should be enough to open a big gap between the Chinese company and Apple, since only around 52 million iPhones were sold globally during Q1 2018, a number most analysts expect to take a bit of a plunge when 2019's first-quarter reports start rolling in.

It will then be pretty much impossible for Apple to catch up to the market's silver medalist, as iPhone shipments may need a couple more quarters to start recovering, while Huawei's figures are expected to continue growing. In total, Huawei could sell anywhere between 250 and 260 million units in 2019, which probably won't be enough to secure the company first place over Samsung, but it might hint at a new leader next year.

Until then, we should point out Huawei's substantial boost in Q1 smartphone volumes crucially contributed to overall revenues of close to $27 billion, representing a 39 percent year-on-year jump. Incredibly enough, the company reported massive growth for its carrier and enterprise business departments, as well as the consumer electronics group, expecting all three divisions to post double digit increases in revenue throughout 2019. That means both smartphone and 5G equipment sales are going well, despite strong opposition from the US government.

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19 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I don’t know whether to be impressed or not - what is the ASP? I know Samsung is highest in smartphone ales but their ASP level is below $250 - which is - meh. It’s not that impressive when most of your numbers come from sub-$200 market.

2. midan

Posts: 2896; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I think it’s very impressive for earlier unknown brand to became this big. It’s almost impossible but they clearly did lot of things right to be where they are now and it happened very fast.

15. oldskool50

Posts: 1578; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Samsung was once an unknown brand. Apple was once an unknown brand. Just because a particular brand isn't popular in your country and unknown to YOU, does not make them unknown.

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 851; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

WTF..... Why should we care ASP???? Why to pay 1500$ for a 300$ device....Just to increase ASP. Go and f*** yourself with wild iCactus.

16. oldskool50

Posts: 1578; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The only reason he brings up ASP, is because Apple is behind in everyting. When a compnay only makes one product in a single category and sell it for up to 4 times what it cost them to make, then its easy to have high ASP. A company like Samsung who makes more than 3 phones per category isn't gonna have high ASP.

14. oldskool50

Posts: 1578; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

No one cares about ASp. becaue a company that makes multiple products in a single category isn't gonna have high ASp to begin with. And as high as Apple's ASP is, they should be complaining about paying top dollar for top hardware. But yet they do. When Apple takes that high ASP, and stops putting cheap small degrade batteries from china, and stop using corning and cost cutting modems from Intel, when Apple stops charging customers for defects that are Apple's fault, then talk about ASP.

17. oldskool50

Posts: 1578; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

ASP is nothign more than fanboy garbage. How about the fact Samsung is 25% of it's countries Gross Domestic Product, which actually brings money into the Korea treasury, while Apple is 0% GDP, which means they bring nothing into the US other than some jobs. Apple employs over 90,000 people, yet less than a 3rd actually work in the USA.

3. Habib111

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

It is inevitable that the manufacturing country producing own phones they will eventually in time capitalise the market. What a great idea first they manufacture the world's best phones and after create their own

5. strawberry

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

i admit huawei make really good phone, their latest p30 is much better than samsung s10

6. OneLove123

Posts: 1092; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

And much, much better than any iPhone.

7. midan

Posts: 2896; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Clearly he hit the nerve ;)

10. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Clearly his remark hit a nerve with you.

18. oldskool50

Posts: 1578; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

(P30 Pro) Its a little better, but not much better (S10+). The P30 surely has some better specs under the hood in some respects. But the galaxy transforms those specs into actual usable features that are more beneficial over the P30. Even though the P30 has higher MP cameras, it doesn't take batter pictures vs the S10+.

8. yalokiy

Posts: 1004; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I guess apple are ok with it as long as they still make the most money from their hardware and services.

12. XyAzario

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 15, 2019

Yep, then they'll move the posts by reporting numbers and diverting our attention.

9. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

I'm not surprised. Huaweis current flagships are clearly a step ahead

11. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Huawei has some great phones. Not sure if they will ever pass Samsung but, they will catch up and the two will probably run neck and neck.

13. oldskool50

Posts: 1578; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Terrible math. How is 39M 50% of 59M? 39x2=78. 78 is far larger than 59. But not by 50%. My math isn't perfect either. But from 39M to 59M would be roughly a 20% increase in sales. Not 50%!

19. Version9

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 24, 2019

Stupid? 100% = 1, 50% = 0.5 39*0,5 = 19,5 39 + 19,5 = 58,5

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