Huawei beats Apple to become second biggest smartphone vendor globally: Counterpoint

Allan Goodman
September 7, 2017

Last weekend at IFA we saw Huawei announce their innovative new Kirin 970 chipset that houses its own AI hardware followed by the announcement that (unsurprisingly) it would be arriving with the Mate 10, slated for an October 16 announcement.

We've seen a lot of flagships launch this year, however, there are still a few to come.

Huawei has described the new Artificial Intelligence chip as the first Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for flagships. According to a new report from market research firm Counterpoint, Huawei outsold the iPhone-maker consistently in June and July, and it's expected to maintain its lead in August as well.

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According to reports, Huawei CEO Richard Yu claimed the Kirin 970 will become the "world's fastest mobile modem" and people were going to experience it first on the Huawei Mate 10 devices. The powerhouse has seemed to elude most leaksters and we don't have a clue about how the phone will look. It's still unknown whether that will also have the fingerprint sensor, but, considering there is no other indication on the Mate 10's very shiny back, that could very well be the case. That should make the Mate 10 much easier to use in one hand, which has always been a problem with older Mates. With the addition of a physical front-mounted home button, the Mate 10 could stretch to rather large dimensions, potentially making it a phone that shuns single handed operation. A dual lens rear camera array is present and correct, likely sporting Leica tech, like its predecessor and the Huawei P10.

Features of the Mate 10 include a 5.9-inch screen housed in a body that measures 150.2 x 77.5 x 8.4mm. "Chinese brands are growing swiftly thanks not only to smartphone design, manufacturing capability and rich feature sets, but also by out-smarting and out-spending rivals in sales channels, go-to-market and marketing promotion strategies", noted Pathak. It also carries a Type-C USB port, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. Huawei has been doing this lately, but the Mate 9 had a rear-facing sensor.

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