Huawei Steals Third Place From Microsoft In Smartphone Sales

Huawei claims the third place in smartphone sales, stealing the place from Microsoft's Lumina devices.

Huawei Technologies, a Chinese manufacturer, has laid claim to 2.8 million more mobile phone shipments than Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Lumina brand during the second quarter of 2015.

This sales number puts Huawei in number three for total smartphone sales worldwide during this quarter. The Chinese phone giant sold 30.6 million phones, making up 7 percent of the worldwide smartphone market, a record for Huawei.

Strategy Analytics, an analyst firm that reported these numbers, also said that Microsoft delivered only 27.8 million units.

eWEEK Magazine said that total smartphone sales rose only 2 percent, a number that depicts a decline in smartphone growth. 428 million units were sold last year, and 434.6 million units were sold this year.

Ken Hyers, an analyst for Strategy Analytics, noted that Huawei’s strong growth was bad news for Microsoft, which saw its market share slide to 6.4 percent, putting it almost at an all time low.

While Huawei’s sales have been strong internationally, it did the best in its home country of China. 4G smartphones are becoming wildly popular in China, where people are utilizing the country’s expanding 4G networks with new, low cost smartphones.

Samsung (KRX:005930) maintained its position in the top spot of smartphone sales, even though it is seeing a slump in its sales figures. Apple also held on to its second place position, shipping 47.5 million phones during Q2. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) claimed 10.9 percent of the Q2 worldwide market.

Huawei was founded in 1987 and earned $46.5 billion in revenue last year.

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