Huawei reportedly claims to have surpassed Apple in terms of global sales volume. The leading Chinese manufacturer has now positioned itself as the second largest handset company globally. Huawei India Director for Product Centre Allen Wang says that the company has “overtook Apple in global sales volume share in December”. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch date revealed: Check expected specs and price in IndiaAlso Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhana
According to numbers revealed by the company, Huawei accounted for 13.2 percent of the handset market share globally in December 2016. On the other hand, Apple, its only close competitor that time owned around 12 percent of the global market. Huawei claims to have shipped around 139 million smartphones last year. The company also has an another strong competitor in Samsung, however, it claims to have taken over them in certain markets as well. Though Samsung leads the global market in volumes, Huawei has overtaken the Korean technology major in some markets, Wang said. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests
Huawei also owns an online subsidiary brand called Honor, which has lately gained popularity in India as well.”Honor has now become world’s number one online brand,” he said. The Chinese manufacturer is doing pretty good in terms of number this year as well. According to a Canalys report released earlier, Huawei regained its position at the top in Q1, 2017 among other primary Chinese players such as Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi. The report attributed company’s success to the recently launched Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus flagship smartphone. ALSO READ: Huawei Y7 Prime with 4,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 435 SoC launched; Price, specifications, features
As per IDC Q1, 2017 report, Samsung, and Apple rank at first and second position with 22.8 percent and 14.9 percent, respectively. While Huawei was positioned at third place with 9.8 percent market share, followed by Vivo and OPPO which accounted for 7.4 percent and 5.2 percent market share, respectively. The report also suggests that about 347.4 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2017, which mainly has Huawei and Oppo driving the numbers.
However, with the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8, the South Korean giant is gaining pace in terms of market share and shows significant growth in sales. As far as the sale of Apple iPhones are concerned, analysts say that the next announcement is likely to change market dynamics as curiosity around iPhone 8 continues to grow. Huawei currently sells smartphones across 74 countries including India.