2017 is quickly shaping up to be the year of Huawei. The Chinese company has reported that in the first three quarters of this year, they have shipped over 100 million phones. That is a 19% year-on-year increase which by any measure is impressive.
That growth has also raised the company’s revenue by some 30% through September 2017.
Huawei has cemented their claim to the number two phone brand in the world with these figures. Back in the summer, the company passed Apple to take the #2 position behind Samsung and they are closing the gap to the top spot – but it is a big gap.
They company has a wide portfolio of devices in the market, be it their recently announced flagship Mate 10 device or their more entry and mid-market devices under the Honor brand. The company is pushing in all of the right areas with their software development too with Artificial Intelligence deeply embedded in the company’s Android build, EMUI 8.0.
The question remains on how well they can penetrate the US market. While Honor devices have been somewhat available, the flagship phones have been harder to come by in the US. It is expected that AT&T will be selling Huawei devices in their retail and online store but that has not been finalized or confirmed. In order for the company to make a dent in the highly competitive US market, a carrier deal is almost a must have for them.