Huawei Technologies has achieved a remarkable feat by selling 1.6 million of its Mate 60 Pro smartphones in just six weeks, according to a research firm. This accomplishment comes despite the general slowdown in the smartphone market and demonstrates Huawei’s strong demand in the high-end smartphone segment.
Notably, more than 400,000 of these units were sold within the last two weeks, coinciding with the release of Apple’s iPhone 15 in mainland China, as reported by Counterpoint Research. During its initial 17 days of availability, iPhone 15 sales saw a 4.5% decrease compared to the previous iPhone 14, although specific sales figures were not provided.
The Mate 60 Pro’s success follows Huawei’s surprise launch of this premium smartphone in late August. Many analysts believe it features a domestically manufactured chip, signifying a significant milestone for the company, which has faced U.S. technology sanctions for several years.
The device’s popularity is evident as stocks quickly sell out upon arrival, creating a sense of perpetual unavailability, as observed by Counterpoint senior analyst Ivan Lam.
While the global smartphone market contracted by 8% in the third quarter, reaching its lowest level in a decade due to subdued demand for major brands, Huawei, its former subsidiary Honor, and Transsion Group were among the few brands to record year-on-year growth during this period.
In August, smartphone shipments in China remained relatively stable, with a modest 0.03% year-on-year increase to 18.99 million handsets, as reported by the China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT).