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Huawei raises forecast for smartphone output, eyes No. 1 spot

05 August 2018

According to the report, the worldwide tablet market declined 13.5% during the second quarter of 2018 as global shipments fell to 33 million, decreasing by 5 million when compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Huawei, which now stands at the second spot in terms of overall smartphone shipments globally, shipped more than 100 million phones this year so far, which means that one out of every four devices that Huawei shipped has a notched display.

The Chinese giant shipped more than 95 million phones in the first six months, up about 30 per cent from a year ago. The Chinese tech major has shipped about 54 million handsets which are up to 41 percent year on year, as per research firm Canalys report.

But Huawei has managed to achieve a lot even after it is locked out from various world markets such as the United States and Australia under the suspicion of being related to the Chinese government which practices communism and has been associated with censorship and other facts. For the second quarter of 2018, the global shipments fell to 33 million, resulting in a 13.5 per cent decline, reports IDC in its Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

Cheng Jiangfei, Managing Director of Huawei Singapore Consumer Business Group, said: "We have come a long way as a consumer brand and we are deeply humbled to be recognised as the world's second largest smartphone vendor that reinforces our foundations as a premium global brand".

"The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown", IDC's Ryan Reith stated. Although Huawei's detachable shipments remain limited, they grew more than 200 per cent in the latest quarter.

Samsung shipped 1 million fewer tablets than in the quarter a year ago and ended up losing 0.5 points of market share (from 15.6 percent to 15.1 percent).

HUAWEI nova Series: Globally, the number of nova smartphone users exceeded 50 million, contributing to growth of the overall mid-range smartphone market. It added that the Honor has accounted for about two-thirds of the 16 million jump which Huawei has made in this quarter.

The company said it has invested more than US$57bn in research and development over the past 10 years.

Huawei raises forecast for smartphone output, eyes No. 1 spot