My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: How Huawei 100 million sale in 2015 means Honor to challenge Xiaomi in America in 2016

Sunday, December 20, 2015

How Huawei 100 million sale in 2015 means Honor to challenge Xiaomi in America in 2016

Huawei, it seems, has had a great 2015.

It’s now been revealed that they’ve sold some 100 million smartphone in 2015 as reported in the article “Huawei surpasses local rivals Xiaomi and Lenovo in sales”, published December 18, 2015 By David Curry, DigitalTrends.

This figure was revealed by Huawei themselves. To put that in perspective, they've only been bested by Samsung and Apple respectively, both of whom have passed the 100 million mark.

This makes Huawei the Third most popular smartphone seller in the world this in 2015 in terms of sales as noted in the article “Huawei now third biggest smartphone brand, sold 100m in 2015”, published Dec 18, 2015 By James Walker, Digital Journal.

They even bested Xiaomi, who are expected to sell some 75 million smartphones this year, an incredible feat, considering their cut rate prices and high quality components. To put this all into perspective, here’s how they line up in terms of global sales:

1.      Samsung
2.      Apple
3.      Huawei
4.      Xiaomi

So what contributed to this spectacular turnaround from 2014, where they were fourth globally in terms of smartphone sales?

Huawei 100 million sales in 2015 - How High-end metal smartphones boosted their Global brand

It all has to do with appealing to the high-end market. Known mostly for selling budget Smartphone that aren't as good as their premium cousins such as the Huawei Y330 and the Y360, in 2015 they decided to step it up a notch.

They launched the following high-quality, all-metal devices as follows:

1.      G8
2.      Mate S
3.      Mate 8
4.      P8

Huawei also struck back against Xiaomi inside of their borders in China and also amped up their presence in new markets like Russia, China and India, taking on the more nimble Xiaomi in the process as noted in my blog article entitled “Xiaomi in India after success in China - Xiaomi Looks to the West as the World is theirs for the Taking”.

The finally rounded out the year by being revealed as they makers of Google’s Nexus 6P as I'd predicted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Google Event on September 29th 2015 to launch Nexus running Marshmallow”.

They even managed to debut a smartwatch, dubbed the Huawei Watch, which was a classy attempt that echoed of yesteryears Android Wear stylings as opined in my MICO Wars Blog article entitled “Why US$350 Huawei Watch cannot be used for Sex in the shower”.

So what does Huawei have planned for 2016?

Huawei bringing Honor to US of A – Competition with Xiaomi in America with Redmi Note 3

More awesome smartphones are coming to the West, specifically the American market.

First, expect them to further this partnership with Google in 2016 as predicted in the article “Nexus 2016: Google Confirms Next Huawei Phone? Snapdragon 820 Included”, published DECEMBER 14, 2015, The Australia Network

They are slated to release the Huawei Mate 8 in the US of A in 2016 as noted in the article “Huawei Mate 8 US Release Date Confirmed for 2016; Specs & Price Revealed”, published DECEMBER 18, 2015, The Australia Network

Even as I write this, the Huawei Mate 8 has just been granted the FCC’s (Federal Communication Commission) approval to be sold by Telecom Providers in the US of A as noted in the article “Huawei Mate 8 passes through FCC”, published 18 December, 2015 by Victor, GSM Arena.

The 6" Huawei Mate 8, which runs on Huawei EMUI 4.0, their modified version of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, has some pretty classy specs. The phablet 6" 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display boasts an octa-core 2.3GHz Kirin 950 processor. 

It's also got an impressive 16MP Rear-facing camera with an 8MP front-facing camera for the selfie-obsessed that rivals the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge as promoted in the Geezam blog article entitled “How Next is Now for launch of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in Jamaica”. 

Xiaomi, however, may have a surprise up its sleeve and make a push into the US of A with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the smartphone responsible for much of their 75 million sales in 2015 as described in “Xiaomi smartphone sales could hit 73 million mark this year, fall short of initial forecast”, published 18 December, 2015 by Himanshu, GSM Arena.  

So expect a retail price of US$600 in 2016, the Year of the Monkey, as Huawei and Xiaomi are both expected to dominate the American media.

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