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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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Huawei Unveils GT2 Smartwatch With Bluetooth Calling in India

The smartwatch will be available across Flipkart, Amazon India, Croma and other retail stores

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According to the company, the Huawei Watch GT2 can operate continuously for up to two weeks with both the intelligent heart rate monitor and call notification functions turned on. Wikimedia Commons

Huawei Consumer Business Group India on Thursday launched its much-anticipated Huawei Watch GT2 with two weeks of battery life, Bluetooth calling and in-device music in the country in 42mm variant (with 1.2 inch AMOLED display) and 46mm variant (with 1.39 inch AMOLED display).

The Huawei Watch GT2 46mm Sport (Black) has been launched for Rs 15,990, 46mm (Leather) for Rs 17,990 and 46mm (Metal) for Rs 21,990.

In terms of heart rate monitoring, the user will be notified if heart rate is above 100bpm or below 50bpm for more than 10 minutes. The watch is also powered with sleep monitoring function.

“This versatile smartwatch Huawei Watch GT2 further underlines our focus on health and fitness and help our customers manage it better. The watch scientifically monitors heart rate, physical activities and sleep pattern with help of accurate positioning feature,” Tornado Pan, Country Manager (Huawei Brand), Consumer Business Group, Huawei India, said in a statement.

The watch is equipped with Huawei’s proprietary Kirin A1 chipset to improve battery life. There’s also a super AMOLED display with 3D glass screen.

The chip essentially integrates an advanced Bluetooth processing unit, a powerful audio processing unit, an ultra-low power consumption application processor and a separate power management unit.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group India on Thursday launched its much-anticipated Huawei Watch GT2 with two weeks of battery life, Bluetooth calling and in-device music in the country in 42mm variant. Wikimedia Commons

According to the company, the Huawei Watch GT2 can operate continuously for up to two weeks with both the intelligent heart rate monitor and call notification functions turned on.

The smartwatch will be available across Flipkart, Amazon India, Croma and other retail stores.

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Prospective buyers can book the watch from December 12-18 and get a Huawei Freelace worth Rs 6,999 for free.

However, they will be required to make the full payment for the watch at the time of booking the device. (IANS)