Earlier today, it was reported that Huawei’s smartphone shipments in 2019 are expected to drop by 60 million units, accounting for about 40% to 60%. This was confirmed by Ren Zhengfei when talking with Forbes famous writer George Gilde and American Wired magazine columnist Nicholas Negroponte in Shenzhen.
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At the scene, the reporter asked, ‘Is the news that Huawei’s smartphone international market shipments are expected to fall by 40%-60%?’ Ren Zhengfei said that international shipments have indeed dropped by 40%. But in the Chinese market, the speed of sales growth is very fast.
Last year, Huawei sold 206 million phones worldwide. The company’s growth momentum in the first quarter of this year was stable, with global smartphone shipments of 59 million units, up 50.3% year-on-year. This also made Huawei the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer in the Q1.
There was no reason to think anything is going to stop Huawei from surpassing Samsung and become the world’s largest smartphone maker next year. In fact, as early as 2016, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu (Yu Chengdong) said that Huawei will surpass Samsung and Apple in 2021 to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. Judging from the performance in the first quarter, we have been thinking Huawei completed its goal one year earlier than expected. However, because of the US ban, Huawei’s time to achieve its goals has to be postponed.
In addition, due to Google’s ‘policy response’ on Android, the planned release of Honor 20 series in the UK and France on June 21 may be affected. At present, two French operators have begun to stop offering the Honor line handsets in their stores. If the response of the Honor 20 series is not good, Huawei may stop selling this model in the region.
Fortunately, Huawei is preparing to release its own operating system, Hongmeng. It is known as ArkOS in the European market. The launch of the system will help Huawei to better develop under the ban.