Huawei tipped for Q2 smartphone bronze

Huawei tipped for Q2 smartphone bronzeThe chaps at Huawei have been quite open about their lofty dreams of becoming a top-three smartphone manufacturer – presumably behind the giants that are Apple and Samsung.

While we wondered if it was maybe just marketing bravado, industry peeps reckon Huawei might’ve claimed the bronze medal in Q2 this year.

That’s what anonymous “industry sources” are telling Digitimes, fuelled by the news that Nokia shipped 10.2 million units in Q2 2012. The sources suggest that Huawei’s figures might be even higher, pushing Nokia into fourth place.

In Q1 2012, Huawei was way back in seventh, behind Sony (6th), HTC (5th), and RIM (4th). Has the Chinese manufacturer leapfrogged ‘em all?

Huawei had a strong showing at Mobile World Congress in February, and offers what many believe is the Best Budget Smartphone in the Huawei Ascend G300. Sales are also said to have been pretty crazy (in a good way) over in Huawei’s native China.

Third place or otherwise, with the Ascend D1 Quad set to launch later this year, things are looking rather good for Huawei.

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Pondlife  Jul. 21, 2012 at 18:32

Seems unlikely, surely g300 isn't selling that well? Not like the other ones of note have launched yet

Treab  Jul. 21, 2012 at 18:41

tbf though huawei has got the biggest market in the world in china.. and having launched the quad etc in their home territory must have been successful.. the only other company who has that skill in china is apple and most of the phones are sold on the black market..

AhmadCentral  Jul. 21, 2012 at 19:23

Yep, huawei have released a lot of their other phones outside the uk and they're selling well. Doubt it'll be third place though.

Treab  Jul. 21, 2012 at 19:25

could be close though...

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 21, 2012 at 22:58

To be fair, RIM have continued to be epically useless, Sony haven't released anything I could name and HTC's "One Series", have been Sensation mk2 (aka, not as good as Samsung's offerings). Huawei may have a chance at 3rd place off the back of other company's failures as well as off the back of their own merits.

geekeh  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:23

Motorola isn't anywhere on that list? How the hell are they still in business?

Treab  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:25

google... tbh they might well be 3rd themselves google has made money from them recently... surprisingly...

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:28

google... tbh they might well be 3rd themselves google has made money from them recently... surprisingly...
$800million odd wasn't it?

Treab  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:31

google... tbh they might well be 3rd themselves google has made money from them recently... surprisingly...
$800million odd wasn't it?


something like that. which considering they were forecasting a loss its impressive..

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:37

google... tbh they might well be 3rd themselves google has made money from them recently... surprisingly...
$800million odd wasn't it?


something like that. which considering they were forecasting a loss its impressive..

It's hard to gauge Motorola's level of success from this side of the Atlantic; they must be selling loads of units in the US, 'cos they sure as hell aren't over here.

Treab  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:39

out of interest how do you pronounce 'asus'

ive been watching nexus 7 reviews and its been bugging me when they say a-zeus....

isnt it a-sus?

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:43

out of interest how do you pronounce 'asus'

ive been watching nexus 7 reviews and its been bugging me when they say a-zeus....

isnt it a-sus?

That p*sses me off, too. It's a-sus, like you said. I think a-zeus is an Americanism that some English reviewers have copied.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:47

We're right, the Americans are wrong. Here's the official Asus word on the matter:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/17/how-to-pronounce-asus-video/

Treab  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:50

thank gawd im not alone... i dont get how they do it...

Treab  Jul. 21, 2012 at 23:53

actually from the old american video i can see why... it was close to that A-ZEUS rubbish but jeez wish they would stop now...

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 22, 2012 at 00:00

Totally irrelevant note, but yesterday I found out how to make Google Chrome scroll smoothly, I thought you might like to know.

1. Open a new tab and enter address chrome://flags/
2. Find Smooth Scrolling option (Ctrl+F "smooth")
3. Click Enable
4. Restart Chrome browser...

As for Asus, I think Huawei is a more interesting pronunciation issue :p.

Treab  Jul. 22, 2012 at 00:14

I think they said they say it almost like "who-are-we" seriously...

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 22, 2012 at 00:16

I think they said they say it almost like "who-are-we" seriously...
That's how I pronounce it, but it's stupid having a hard to pronounce name. Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony, LG; are all examples of good company names.

Treab  Jul. 22, 2012 at 00:25

I think they said they say it almost like "who-are-we" seriously...
That's how I pronounce it, but it's stupid having a hard to pronounce name. Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony, LG; are all examples of good company names.


pah its all perspective... i mean how do you pronounce 'jan' what a stupid name...

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 22, 2012 at 00:49

Sorry, the moderation filter got a bit over-excited for some reason. I always assumed "Jan" was pronounced "Yan", since he's German and they pronounce "J" as "Y". We'll have to ask him.

Treab  Jul. 22, 2012 at 01:05

maybe its spam... that could be why he hates it ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 22, 2012 at 12:15

Seems unlikely, surely g300 isn't selling that well? Not like the other ones of note have launched yet Huawei make a shitload of cheap entry level smartphones. They are the new Nokia of the cheapskate Android world. They can do it.

Pondlife  Jul. 22, 2012 at 13:41

Of course if Nokia had gone Android they could have been selling much of that bucketload instead..

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 22, 2012 at 15:31

Of course if Nokia had gone Android they could have been selling much of that bucketload instead..

Yep... If they had plopped Android onto the N9 - plus maybe 1 low-end cracker, it'd could have given them the blank cheque required to make MeeGo really, really stunning while staying 'with it'....

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