December 24, 2018
As Apple is collapsing in on itself, failing to sell more than a fraction of its projections this year and actually having to scale back production, Huawei is breaking records.
Huawei’s 2018 was tumultuous, to put it mildly, but the company has at least a few reasons to brag. The Chinese mobile giant has revealed that it shipped over 200 million smartphones in the year, setting a new record (it ‘only’ moved 153 million phones in 2017). It won’t surprise you as to why Huawei fared so well, though. Simply put, it had a string of hits throughout the year — and flagships played only a partial role.
The P20 and Mate 20 series have done well, racking up respective shipments of 16 million and 5 million devices. However, the bread-and-butter phones under Huawei’s own brand were the Nova series, including the just-launched Nova 4. The firm has sold more than 65 million of the mid-range devices since the series began. And then there’s the more budget-oriented Honor badge. Huawei didn’t provide specific figures, but it touted the “outstanding performance” of the Honor 10 and Honor View 10 (the View 20 is too recent) as major factors in its Chinese success.
The milestone may seem surprising if you’re used to seemingly daily stories about the CFO’s arrest and numerous device bans, but it really illustrates how little Huawei depends on Western markets. The company has surged in recent months on the back of sales not just in its homeland, but abroad. It doesn’t need US sales, even if it’s frustrated with the country’s opposition to its wares. And many of those device bans are focused on networking equipment, not handsets. You can walk into virtually any major carrier store in Canada and buy a Mate 20 Pro or P20 Pro, for instance, even though the government is facing pressure to exclude Huawei from 5G networks.
No one can explain why phones even cost $600 anymore because they have totally stopped improving for over 3 years now. Apple’s response to this problem was to start charging $1000 for basically the same phone that used to cost $600, and should logically cost $300 now, apparently thinking that hundreds of millions of people on earth would want to brag about spending $1000 on an item that should cost $300.
They tried to sell people on this by using a planned obsolesce conspiracy against them, killing their batteries on purpose.
This is the kind of thing that happens when you’ve sold yourself as a liberal company, so you are obligated to install an anal CEO to signal to your users.
Huawei’s response was to start charging $300 for phones that should cost $300, and this has proven to be a very successful strategy.
The fact of reality is that no one is buying a new phone every year anymore, because there are not yearly improvements as there were for the past 20 or so years. People are not even buying phones every two years.
Also, no one is going to try to impress women with a phone, outside of probably Arab countries. Spending a thousand dollars on a $300 phone does not prove you are rich, it just proves you’re an asshole willing to waste $700. It is not like driving a $400,000 Italian sports car or wearing a $20,000 Rolex watch.
Honestly, if I needed a new phone, I would buy a Huawei. By all accounts, they are good phones. And with the way the Western intelligence is flipping out about “Chinese spying” (something no person in the West would care about), I’m starting to wonder if these are better protected from Western spying. Probably not, because they still run Android.
What a retarded situation.
I wish American companies were better, but I can’t defend Apple.