The big names in the smartphone game has pretty much been the same. Samsung, Apple and Huawei have populated the top 3 smartphone manufacturers spots (in that order) since 2013 with some very good breathing space between the 3. This year though has been seriously eventful in the smartphone realm and because of this we are starting to see shifts in the balance.
Now Huawei released its P9 in April this year and is claiming it has sold over 9 million units in the past 7 months with 3 million of those sales happening in just 2 months earning it second place at being the most profitable smartphone manufacturer. Some impressive numbers considering how crowded the market is getting and also with the Note 7’s demise this may have encouraged some people to give the Chinese manufacturer a try.
Apple still rules this game pocketing 91% of all smartphone profits for Q3 of this year, but Huawei enjoying 2.4% of the cake is sitting at the throne of the most profitable Android manufacturer with Richard Yu Huawei’s chief executive of the consumer business group saying it aims to be the second biggest smartphone maker in 2 years.
Interestingly though, Apple sales figures did not change drastically but rather it’s the Chinese manufacturer’s sales figures that received the hike with OPPO and VIVO getting 2.2% share each which would suggest majority of Note 7 fans in China might have moved over to offerings from their own home turf.
Recently Huawei launched the Mate 9, Mate 9 Porsche Design and Mate 9 Pro (only in China) and recently a Mate 9 Lite which is a fresh new line of phablets that promise to be the best Android phablets you can get right now. Samsung is also rumoured to be launching the Galaxy S8 early 2017 which is said to debut with its own AI assistant and might lure in lost customers and hopefully put it back at its place as most profitable Android manufacturer.