Huawei boasts 139 million smartphones sold throughout 2016
Huawei has made public its worldwide sales figures for the year 2016 and the Chinese manufacturer had sold a considerably higher number of units compared to the year before. Accordingly, Huawei sold 139 million smartphones for a YoY increase of 29 percent and subsequently increased its global market share by more than 15 percent.
While the sales figures look favorable at first glance, the manufacturer had actually expected an even higher sales target of 140 million due to its aggressively expanding worldwide presence and growing demand in Europe. Both the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus are expected to be huge sellers in Europe since the current Mate 9 phablet has purportedly sold 50 percent more units than the Mate 8 in the region so far and will soon be launching in the United States.
Of course, Samsung's kerfuffle last year with the Galaxy Note 7 likely increased sales for its closest competitors including Apple and Huawei. Even with this in mind, Huawei was still unable to reach its goal of 140 million units and its sales targets for 2017 could be adjusted accordingly. Worldwide smartphones shipments have been growing at single-digit percentages with Huawei at a comfortable third place behind Samsung and Apple.