In the same quarter of last year, Huawei shipped 25 million devices and held 25 percent of its market share, says Canalys. This is in line with Huawei’s reports that third-quarter revenue increased 24.4 percent year-over-year. The company recently announced it delivered more than 185 million smartphones in the first three quarters of 2019, up 26 percent over the previous year.
The success of the company is at the expense of the other top five providers in China: Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Apple. Apple’s market share in China declined 2% year-on-year. The company shipped just 5.1 million units in the last quarter, the weakest in five years in China. The iPhone 11 was responsible for 40 percent of those Q3 shipments, and the phone could continue to give Apple the necessary boost.
Huawei’s growth in China is likely to continue. “Huawei’s dominant position gives Huawei a great deal of power to negotiate with the supply chain and increase the vendor’s wallet share,” said Nicole Peng, Vice President of Mobility at Canalys. Peng added that Huawei is “in a strong position to further consolidate its dominance” as 5G networks are introduced as it works with key players and exerts control over critical components.