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Huawei insists it did better in the 5G phone market than Samsung in 2019

The Huawei Mate 30 5G variants. (Source: Huawei)
The Huawei Mate 30 5G variants. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei has released its performance for 2019 to the Chinese media. It claims it shipped approximately 240 million units in total that year, 6.9 million of which had 5G. For context, Samsung has announced that it shipped about 6.7 million of the same kind of phone in the same time-frame.

Huawei has detailed its financial results for 2019. It has reported smartphone shipments of approximately 240 million in total - about 60 million less than earlier estimates had the US government's trade ban not kicked in. Then again, the company did exceed its own most pessimistc estimate of 230 million units shipped in total for the year.

Therefore, Huawei remains the best-performing OEM in its native China, despite its global woes. It has also stated that its non-smartphone business also did well: for example, it shipped about a million units of its FreeBuds 3 in its first month of release. The OEM has also asserted that 6.9 million of these shipments were of the 5G variety. This exceeds Samsung's own estimates for this market by about 200000 units.

Then again, this Korean electronics giant has also found that 5G devices still make up only 1% of their overall market. However, this might change into the coming year with a greater diversity of products. Examples of these include the upcoming new version of the Galaxy Tab S6 with this connectivity, which may compete with the corresponding SKUs of Huawei's own MatePad Pro.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-17 (Update: 2020-01-17)