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Huawei’s Smartphone Shipments Exceed 200 mn Units in 2018

Since its release in March, global shipments for Huawei P20 series have exceeded 16 million units, with female users accounting for nearly half of that number

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Huawei unveils quad-camera phone Y9 in India. (IANS)

Riding on the success of the P20, Mate 20 and Nova series, Huawei on Wednesday said its smartphone shipments for 2018 exceeded 200 million units, a new all-time high for the Chinese phone maker.

Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world’s second-largest smartphone seller in the world first in the second quarter of this year and then again in the third quarter with a global market share of 14.6 per cent, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC).

In the past eight years, Huawei’s smartphone shipments have increased from three million units in 2010 to 200 million units in 2018, reflecting approximately a sixty-six-fold growth, the company said in a statement.

At present, more than 500 million consumers in more than 170 countries around the world are using Huawei smartphones, it added.

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A man lights a cigarette outside a Huawei retail shop in Beijing. VOA

Compared to 2017, Huawei sold around 50 million more smartphones this year.

“Looking to the future, Huawei’s consumer business will focus on the core concept of ‘consumer-centric’, and will dare to keep innovating, and make every effort to become a pioneer and leader in the next wave of the smartphone revolution,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said in a statement.

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Since its release in March, global shipments for Huawei P20 series have exceeded 16 million units, with female users accounting for nearly half of that number.

Within two months of the release of the Huawei Mate 20 series, it had already shipped over five million units, the statement said, ading that as of the end of 2018, the nova series has sold over 65 million units, making it the leader of Huawei’s mid-range devices. (IANS)

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IDC Says Huawei’s Temporary Reprieve Decision Depends on US Tech Firms

The US put Huawei in an Entity List in May which barred the US tech firms from selling components to Huawei without a special license

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The President of USA insisted that the Chinese company was a threat to national security. Pixabay

Whether the US decides to extend the temporary reprieve that it granted to Huawei, allowing it to do business in the US, may depend a lot on what the American tech firms have to say on the issue, according to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

“This is about, in my opinion, as much about the pressure that US components suppliers are exerting on the government as opposed to say punishing Huawei,” CNBC quoted Crawford Del Prete, President at IDC, as saying.

The US put Huawei in an Entity List in May which barred the US tech firms from selling components to Huawei without a special license.

The US government, however, later removed some of the restrictions for a period of three months. The temporary reprieve granted to Huawei is set to end on Monday.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday cast doubt on the possibility of conducting any kind of business with Huawei.

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The temporary reprieve granted to Huawei is set to end on Monday. Pixabay

“Huawei is a company we may not do business with at all,” Efe news quoted Trump as saying to the media on Sunday before departing from Morristown, New Jersey.

The President insisted that the Chinese company was a threat to national security.

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China on Monday urged Trump to allow companies in America to do business with Huawei.

“During the Chinese and US presidents’ meeting in Osaka, the US said it will allow US companies to supply Huawei. When and how will it honour its commitments? Concerns the US’ own reputation and credibility,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in Beijing. (IANS)