In June and July, Huawei surpassed Apple to become the second-largest smartphone vendor in the world after Samsung. Already the leader in the world’s largest smartphone marker, China, Huawei was taking giant strides in the worldwide market. A new report by China’s official news agency Xinhua reveals that the Huawei shipped more than 100 million phones in the first three quarters of 2017. That is a handsome 19 percent increase over last year, and is driven by its popular Mate series of phones. Also Read - Top camera smartphones under Rs 20,000 in August 2021: Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Moto G60 and moreAlso Read - Google's Tensor chipset on Pixel 6 series will be manufactured by Samsung: Nikkei
Huawei’s revenues have surged as well, registering a 30 percent growth over last year. The smartphone manufacturer now has 42,300 retail partners globally. Huawei phones are retailed under the mother brand as well as under sub-brand Honor. It plans to innovate more on the higher end of the spectrum now. “With over 10,000 employees around the world working on research and development, we expect to win more high-end customers, as there is more profit in high-end sector,” Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, stated. ALSO READ: Huawei now sells more smartphones than Apple, but that could change soon Also Read - iPhone 11 selling with more than Rs 8,000 discount in India, but for a limited period
Huawei has also hinted that it is working on a foldable smartphone, which seems to be the next battleground for smartphone makers. The foldable phone could be ready by next year, but Huawei needs a better, more flexible screen technology and mechanical design. “We have two screens. But we still have a small gap [between the screens]. That s not good, and we should get rid of that gap,” Yu told CNET in a recent interview.
Huawei is also keen to topple Apple yet again. The iPhone-maker grabbed the second spot back riding on new launches in September. “We will overtake them definitely. That s our destiny. Maybe I m not humble but nobody can stop us,” Yu said. ALSO READ: Honor 9i First Impressions: This pocket-friendly phone might give a tough time to the premium biggies
While Huawei’s dominance in China and European markets is pretty much established, it looks to expand to the US, where Apple is the top smartphone vendor. It is banking on its latest flagship devices, the Mate 10, the Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Porsche Design, to break into the US market. In India too, Huawei expects to register a 100 percent growth by the end of the year. It also looks to capture 10 percent of the rapidly expanding smartphone market in the country.