High smartphone shipment maintained with growing interest in mid-to-high-end devices
Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) has announced its performance results for the third quarter of 2015, reporting steady growth in smartphone shipments. Mid-to-high-end devices accounted for 33% of those shipments – up seven-percentage-points over the previous quarter.
Total smartphone shipped by Huawei for the three months that ended 30 September reached 27.4 million units, representing a year-on-year increase of 63%. Industry-wide smartphone shipments for 2015 meanwhile are expected to grow by just 9.3% year-on-year. At home, Huawei continues to lead the China market as of September 2015 with a market share of 15.2%.
“This quarter’s results clearly showcase the continued success of our growth strategy,” said Huawei Consumer BG CEO Richard Yu. “We are especially proud of the stellar growth we’ve seen outside of China and the increased demand for our mid-to-high end devices. “At this rate, we are confident in our ability to reach our smartphone shipment target of 100 million units by year’s end.”
Huawei’s smartphone shipments to Europe and the Middle-East-and-Africa regions grew by 98 and 70% respectively year-on-year. The division also enjoyed considerable success at home during the quarter, reporting a year-on-year shipment increase of 81%.
Specific results for Huawei’s mid-to-high-end smartphones, which include any device that retails for more than RMB 2,000, point to growing interest such products. Since their launches, shipments for the company’s flagship Mate 7, P7 and P8 devices have reached 6.5-, 7.5- and 4-million units respectively. Huawei Mate S, the latest flagship that the company has launched in September this year, has gradually become available in over 48 countries globally including China, UK, Germany, France, Spain etc. The launch of the Rose Gold version of Mate S allows Huawei Consumer BG to further consolidate its brand awareness and recognition among female consumer globally.
Demand for mid-to-high-end Huawei smartphones is especially strong in Europe, where the company’s devices account now for 12.4% of the overall smartphone market in Spain, and 45.7% of the country’s high-end 400-500-euro-device market.
As for Huawei’s global strength, a recent report from GFK indicated that the company has managed to keep itself among the world’s leading three smartphones makers for the January to August period this year with a market share of 9.5%.
Huawei is also among the top three smartphone makers in Australia, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and New Zealand.