Huawei shipped 34.5 M phones in Q1 2017; third globally

China’s Huawei is slowly and silently turning into a real smartphone behemoth. Earlier known best as an OEM and for its networking apparatus, the Chinese company is going from strength to strength as quarters close.

It’s been learnt that Huawei shipped over 34 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2017, making it the third largest smartphone brand in the world by volume.

Some more numbers for you to crunch on — the figure (34.55 million to be precise) marks a 21.6% growth compared to the same period last year. What it also means is that Huawei now own 9.8% of the market share globally, which is no mean feat.

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The two companies that are ahead of Huawei are Samsung and Apple. Looking at how some other Chinese smartphone brands are battling it out in the market (read: OPPO, vivo, etc.), the third spot might just be up for grabs later this year.

What it also means is that buyers can expect some real value for their money, thanks to the tightening competition.

It remains to be seen how Huawei’s newer flagships — in the P10 and P10 Plus — perform through the course of this year.

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