Huawei wins with self-developed chip launched in response to US sanctions
Chinese phone shipments get a strong filip from the company’s sales rise of 83%
Beijing — Strong sales growth at Huawei helped power an 11% rise in China’s total smartphone shipments in October, data from research firm Counterpoint showed on Tuesday, indicating signs of recovery in its lagging mobile market.
Huawei was a major contributor to the average year-on-year growth in the first four weeks of October, with its sales surging 83%, a note from the firm showed.
According to the Counterpoint data, Xiaomi posted a 33% increase in smartphone sales in October. It did not provide specifics about Apple’s performance in the period.
In August, Huawei launched its Mate 60 smartphone series powered by what analysts said is a self-developed advanced chip, seen by some analysts as an answer to US sanctions aimed at halting shipments of some chips to China.
“The clear standout in October has been Huawei, with its turnaround on the back of its Mate 60 series devices. Growth has been stellar,” said Counterpoint China analyst Archie Zhang.
“Demand continues to be high double-digits and we’re also seeing a halo effect, with other models from the vendor performing well.”
However, Counterpoint said there could be lingering bottlenecks for Huawei as it may still experience certain production issues.
“Huawei’s ability to scale up to this new normal will be a major determinant not just for their own growth, but for the broader market,” said Ivan Lam, senior Counterpoint analyst.
China’s smartphone market has seen sales fall over several quarters, with a 3% drop in the quarter ending June, according to Counterpoint.
Analysts say the market may be poised for a rebound. Research firm IDC predicts unspecified year-on-year sales growth in the fourth quarter after 10 successive quarters of falling shipments
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