Huawei expects its smartphone shipments to fall by about 20 percent this year, according tomedia reports. It will be the first time it has faced a year-on-year decline after a decade of rapid growth. Huawei insiders said the drop in shipments was closely linked to poor sales expectations in overseas markets, and that failure to license Google’s Android GMS suite was one of the main reasons.
In 2019, Huawei surpassed Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone maker with a lead of 240 million units in smartphone shipments for the first time. But this year’s situation has been reduced from last year. The new model, which does not have a GMS suite license, will create a strong barrier to Huawei’s overseas sales. Rival Apple plans to release more than 200 million 5G handsets this year.
Industry sources point out that 2020 is bound to be a challenging year for the smartphone market. 5G background, China’s mobile phone market will usher in a new development, the emergence of adverse factors such as the outbreak has added a lot of uncertainty. From this perspective, Huawei may face the threat and challenge of being overtaken by Apple this year and unable to maintain its position as the second-largest smartphone maker.