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Huawei has sold 9 million units of its flagship handset, the Huawei P9, the Chinese manufacturer announced at a press event yesterday .

The P9 went on sale in April of this year and sold well in Huawei’s home country and Europe thanks to a significant marketing push (including TV spots featuring A-list celebrities).

Huawei announced in September that it had achieved 6 million P9 sales, shifting an additional 3 million units – or another 50 percent of what it had old up to that point – in the last two months alone.

At IFA 2016 in September, Huawei announced the P9 in two new colors, metallic red and metallic blue, which may have made a significant contribution those additional three million sales.

More recently, Huawei unveiled the Mate 9, the latest in its flagship phablet series, which could see unprecedented sales now that it’s Samsung-branded competitor, the Galaxy Note 7, has been cancelled.

Huawei is currently the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world behind Apple and front-runner Samsung. Huawei’s CEO, Richard Yu, says the company will overtake Apple in the next two years.

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