Huawei expected to ship over 100 million smartphones this year
Xiaomi is a big name in the smartphone industry, so most analysts expected them to be the first Chinese brand to reach the 100 million handsets shipped in a single year mark. Surprisingly enough, a recent report by research firm TrendForce reveals that Xiaomi is behind target with only 34 million shipments during the first six months of 2015. One of the reasons for this appears to be that Xiaomi Mi Note is not performing up to expectations, mainly due to very tough competition in the mid-range and low-end markets.
TrendForce's report shows that while global smartphone sales for the year are expected to exceed last year's figures by only 8.2 percent, Chinese smartphones might score 15.6 percent. During the second quarter of 2015, about 126 million smartphones out of the 304 million smartphones came from Chinese brands. Huawei is not a big name in the US yet, but it managed to score strong global sales.
When talking about unlocked smartphones, ZTE is already a big player in the US. As more and more people leave handsets tied to contracts behind and choose unlocked ones, Huawei will be able to grab a solid share of this market as well. For now, they only sell a few handsets in the US, but things are surely going to change.