News by Dan Seifert on Monday April 23, 2012.
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Huawei is continuing its rise to be a major player in the mobile phone and smartphone markets, and its performance in 2011 seems to reflect that. The company just released its 2011 annual report, and it claims to have shipped over 55 million phones in the year, including 20 million smartphones.
Huawei's smartphone shipments in 2011 were up 500 percent over 2010, while its total device shipments increased by 30 percent. The company is the top provider in the world of USB modems and mobile hotspots, as it moved 60 million units in 2011.
All of these increases led to a 44.3 percent jump in sales revenue for Huawei in 2011. The company maintains its dominant position in China, but it is also expanding further into global markets like Europe, the U.S., and Japan. Huawei says that global shipments of the Sonic smartphone alone totaled more than 10 million units.
Though Huawei's current sales can't keep up with the Samsungs and Apples of the world that can move over 30 million smartphones a quarter, it is certainly growing rapidly, and will likely be a worthy competitor to the dominant smartphone manufacturers in the very near future.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.