Huawei could surpass Apple in Q3 smartphone shipments

Huawei will likely pass Apple to become the second largest smartphone vendor globally in the third quarter of 2017, Digital Times report.

In Q2, Huawei ranked third with shipments reaching 38.5 million units and accounting a 11.3% global share, its shipments in China were up 22.6% to 23.5 million units. Apple's shipment shipped 41 million units for a 12% global share, its shipments in China fell 7.6% to 8 million units.

Outside China, Huawei's shipments in Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea also grow over 45% on year in the first half of 2017.

Furthermore Huawei's smartphone shipments to Europe as a whole rose 18% in the first six months of 2017, its shipments in Germany, Finland and Poland doubled, the report said.

Huawei is estimated to be keeping its momentum and shipping over 40 million units in 2017 Q3, while Apple could dip from last year's 41 million units as customers await the Q3 launch of the new iPhones. This offers a chance for Huawei to outperform Apple in terms of shipment volume in Q3, the report suggests.