Huawei may have had an amazing second quarter this year. The Chinese company is now rumored to have passed Sony, HTC, RIM, and even Nokia in smartphone market share. Hence, Huawei may have become the world’s No.3 smartphone maker in Q2 – behind only Samsung and Apple.
At least that’s what some unnamed, anonymous sources have told DigiTimes. After Nokia reported its results for Q2 yesterday, they got in touch with the Taiwanese publication and stated that Nokia may now be behind Huawei in terms of smartphone sales.
In the first quarter of 2012, Huawei sold 7 million smartphones, according to the numbers churned out by the ‘big four’ analyst houses and averaged by Tomi Ahonen at Communities Dominate Brands. Huawei was the world’s seventh smartphone maker back then.
To get to No.3, the company had to go past Sony (the No.6 in Q1), HTC (No.5), RIM (No.4), and, of course, Nokia. Given that Nokia reported selling 10.2 million smartphones in Q2, that means Huawei should have grown its sales by about 50% from Q1 in order to go past Nokia straight to No.3.
Is that even possible? Well, probably. Huawei’s Android-powered smartphones are becoming more and more successful in China, and the company has also launched a few new devices elsewhere (most notably the Ascend G300) during that quarter.
So yes, entirely possible. Though don’t drop that grain of salt just yet. These infamous sources have been wrong before. Yet if Huawei really did manage to pull this off even without its flagship smartphone (the Ascend D quad) or tablet (the MediaPad 10 FHD) on sale, then no one will be able to ignore the Chinese company or its products in this space anymore. We’ll have to wait and see if (or when) Huawei decides to give us some official numbers.
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