The Huawei Nexus is an exciting arrival this fall, but Huawei may already be a household name – globally, that is.
The latest figures from Strategy Analytics show that Huawei shipped 30.6 million smartphones in Q2 2015, surpassing Microsoft (who shipped 27.8 million in Q2) to become the third largest manufacturer in the world. Huawei’s shipment number was up 10 million from Q2 2014, where it sold 20.6 million smartphones. The Q2 2015 figures show Huawei’s shipments increase 49% for the quarter. Microsoft, once the third largest global manufacturer, saw its shipments dwindle by nearly 50%, from 50.3 million in Q2 2014 to 27.8 million in Q2 2015.
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Samsung remains at the top, having shipped 89 million smartphones for Q2. Although Samsung saw its shipments decline by 7% from the same quarter last year, the Korean manufacturer cemented its position at the top, selling 41.5 million more smartphones in the quarter than its staunchest rival, Apple. Apple’s shipments increased 35% in the quarter, but Samsung’s sales are still far ahead. Apple is still significantly far ahead of Huawei, but there’s a smaller distance between Huawei and Apple than between Apple and Samsung – meaning that Q3 and Q4 figures could hold a surprising shake-up.