Huawei could become world's number one smartphone vendor next year

Huawei could become world's number one smartphone vendor next year
Founded in 1987 and originally focused on manufacturing phone switches, Huawei gradually expanded into various other profitable business areas, including networking and telecommunications equipment, as well as handsets and eventually Android smartphones.

The company only started making mobile phones in 2004, when Nokia was already the booming market’s dominant leader, followed by Motorola and Samsung, today’s heavyweight industry champion. But said 2018 champ may have something to worry about not just in the profitability department, as Huawei’s shipment numbers are growing at a crazy pace again.

Big in China, the local hero got bigger and bigger across major European markets as well in recent years, suffering somewhat of a setback in 2017, when Huawei’s volume was only 10 percent higher than 2016’s total.

Things are back on track now, and Huawei even surged past Apple in Q2’s global smartphone sales report. Overall, the company shipped 95 million smartphones during this year’s first six months, expecting to hit a tally of more than 200 million units for the whole of 2018.

That would represent a massive year-on-year hike of 31 percent, defying the industry’s general state of sluggishness, as well as Samsung and Apple’s increasing difficulties of maintaining healthy growth trends.

According to Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu, “it’s no question that we become the No.2 next year.” Believe it or not, the company also thinks the number one spot is within reach, although a lot can still happen between now and the end of 2019. Besides, Huawei isn’t saying it will definitely become the world’s number one smartphone vendor by Q4 of next year.

It’s simply “possible” that will happen, which was fairly easy to anticipate based on recent trends and power shifts in the industry.

source: Reuters

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18 Comments

1. NinoH

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

Yep, the Chinese are coming back. Personally I wouldn’t buy a Huawei phone ever but there are a a lot of people who would obviously. While Samsung is busy fighting Apple in one corner Huawei is snatching their customers all around.

17. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Quantity sold don't mean a thing. Their phones are mainly in the low and mid range and their profits are generally abysmal. Also Samsung is technologically many years ahead of huawei and other chinese companies so they're not even in the same league. Chinese brands will not get any sales in the US, Korea, and Japan so they only have a few European countries and 3rd world country markets like India to sell so they are not really a threat to Samsung. But even then I urge everyone not to buy any chinese products. Listen to your government.

19. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

I can feel your pain

18. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Quantity sold don't mean a thing. Their phones are mainly in the low and mid range and their profits are generally abysmal. Also Samsung is technologically many years ahead of huawei and other chinese companies so they're not even in the same league. Chinese brands will not get any sales in the US, Korea, and Japan so they only have a few European countries and 3rd world country markets like India to sell so they are not really a threat to Samsung. But even then I urge everyone not to buy any chinese products. Listen to your government.

2. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

And phonearena will finally celebrate Samsung's 'fall' (even tho it won't be one).

13. chenski

Posts: 785; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Samsung ain't falling, but they ain't taking over the world either

3. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Their phones give more bang for the buck. They have better update policy than many other OEMs. They are getting more innovative with their phones.

12. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 715; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Don’t be so sure about this. All Chinese OEMs are in an easy position right now. They are in attack mode so that they just stuff all they can get into their phones and sell these for a low price. But at some point these companies will have to make profits or good profits so that at some point they are forced to make unpleasant compromises - like all other OEMs that are today’s market leaders. In other words: Also the Chinese will have to increase prices and offer less bang for the buck in the future. They will behave the same as Samsung or Apple do today.

20. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

When they do.... We will shift to another company which offers the best bang for the buck at that time. I have been a fan of Samsung and still am a fan of Samsung but I don't buy Samsung these days. I was a fan of Samsung back in 2002 when Nokia was the king.

4. someguy2261

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Let the best man win, will buy any smartphone that I deem better then the one I'm holding now , competition is nessecery to better and better phones.

5. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Samsung will be in panic mode. That’s what they get from trashing  with their stupid ads and marketing. They have to fight against android OEMs not .

6. Farcaster

Posts: 166; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

I hear the Chinese government pays a subsidy to Huawei each time they sell a phone (big reason they can afford to sell much cheaper). State sponsored companies.

7. Texpert

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

The only thing that comes to my mind is that Huawei is starting to become the old Samsung that existed years ago, they are so desperate in becoming the world's first for everything that they always tend to overlook how useless or useful a feature can or can't be to a consumer,Samsung used to do that tirelessly many years back and that didn't work out all that well for them with most of their features being nothing more than mere gimmicks to impress the press(no pun intended). What I've learnt is that it's best to wait for a feature to grow and mature/improve well enough before it is implemented,not the other way around,triple cameras and optical in display fingerprint sensors are great,if you're so obsessed with being the world's first to implement them like most Chinese phone makers are doing these days while completely ignoring the fact that you can r&d the feature in house relentlessly and wait till the feature is perfected before throwing it in the "recipe",paying millions just to slap the emblem of a camera company on your phone and add triple lenses that could've been better had more development been put into them isn't gonna work in your favour and don't even try coming at me with dxomark scores because i know the amount of trust dxomark lost after the oneplus camera score fiasco,the p20 pro is great at capturing night shots and that's it and I've owned the phone since it was released so i know how the camera performs. Don't be obsessed with being the first to do something,watch what your competitors do and how they do it while you work as best as you can to come up with a better and more improved version of that feature and then you can laugh at them after implementing a much better version of the feature they have and don't rush to add innovations that can be considered as gimmicks instead of complete and useful features that will eventually backfire on you and cause you to fall flat on your face,perfect the feature,then use it,that's the best thing you can do to be the best.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Can't you use "Enter" button?

11. modu9 unregistered

Hahahahaha!

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Samsung should get their sh*t together. Their flagships line are great, their mid-ranger is okayish, and their low-end is total crap. They should stop selling 720p smartphone for 250EUR, even if it's superAMOLED, it's still crap. They should adjust their lower-tier to make it comparable with huawei/honor and motorola.

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Huawei is on track to making that happen they could possibly reach the #1 spot next year.

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2276; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Critics are underestimating Apple’s growth with this years launch. Samsung is now in flat growth and possible downward trend to maintain Android’s premodonna. As I have mentioned for the past 5 years...it’s virtually impossible to show growth for Android manufacturers that sell and distribute Android software and services. The biggest challenge is due to the dog eat dog mentality in which does not stimulate growth within the eco system, but pure survival with low margin. It provides excellent marketing and market penetration but does not allow Android manufacturers to capitalize on true growth and profits.

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