We already knew that Huawei was having a good year when the company announced a big leap in its yearly profits last week and Huawei has just announced some more details about its 2015 performance at CES 2016. The Chinese smartphone brand has seen a big jump in its yearly smartphone shipments and an even larger increase in revenue.
In total, Huawei shipped 108 million smartphones throughout 2015, making it the first Chinese manufacturer to breach the 100 million unit milestone. This is an increase in shipments of 44 percent over the previous year, thanks to strong sales of its flagship smartphones in Europe and a growing market share in the Middle East and Africa.
Looking at specific handsets, Huawei shipped 4.5 million P8 flagships this year, 7 million Mate 7 smartphones and 800,000 Mate S units, which has been on the market for 4 months now. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t released any sales figures for the Nexus 6P that it launched in collaboration with Google, but views this as a key device for helping to break into the North American market.
All of this has led to a large boost to the company’s yearly revenue. Huawei has declared that its annual income exceeded $20 billion USD, which comes close to a 70 percent increase when compared with 2014. Huawei already stated that its full year profits have increase by 35 percent, but has not given an exact figure.
Along with its financial results, Huawei has also used its time at CES 2016 to announce the global launch of its Mate 8 handset, although it won’t be appearing in the US. The Mate 8 hit shelves back in early December but was initially only available in China. We imagine that extra details about exact regions, carriers and pricing will be revealed in time. You can find everything that you need to know about the Huawei Mate 8 in our hands-on preview.
Huawei Mate 8 hands-on
Huawei certainly appears to have been one of the big winners in 2015, at a time when other major smartphone vendors have been struggling to maintain their leading market shares and profits. With key partnerships developed with Google and automotive manufacturers, and new products in the wearables and smart home markets, Huawei has set itself up nicely for a strong start to 2016.