100M phones in 5 months as Huawei chases Samsung

Huawei sold 100 million phones in the first 149 days of 2019, despite the U.S. issues. Growth at that rate would easily take sales past 250 million.

In Q1 2018, Samsung had 23.5% of the phone market and Huawei 11.8%. In the first quarter of 2019, Samsung had 23.0% of the market and Huawei 18.9%.

Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo also increased sales. The share of “other” fell from 27.6% down to 22.7%. That corresponds to disappointing financial results at Sony & Lenovo.

Apple’s Q4 was 18.3% as it released new iPhones. But Q1 2019 was only 11.8%, down from 15.7% in Q1, 2018.

If Apple doesn’t find a way to bring 5G to the 2019 iPhone, it will be a very disappointing year.

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