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Huawei's managed to sell a whole bunch of phones in spite of US ban – CNET

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei’s managed to ship 185 million phones — like the Mate 30 Pro — so far in 2019.

Érika García / CNET

Huawei is still on shaky ground in the US, but that hasn’t stopped the embattled Chinese phone maker from shipping 185 million phones in the first three quarters of 2019. That represents a year-on-year increase of 26%, the company said in a Tuesday release.

It also generated revenue 610.8 billion yuan ($86 billion) — a 24.4% increase year-on-year — even after predicting a $10 billion sales reduction for its phone division during the summer as a result of its blacklisting by the US Commerce Department.

The company also signed more than 60 commercial contracts to provide 5G networking equipment to carriers around the world, like Malaysian telecom Maxis, it noted.

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Earlier this year, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei reduced the company’s overall 2019 revenue estimates from $130 billion to $100 billion, citing the US ban. 

In May, the Commerce Department blacklisted Huawei following an executive order from President Donald Trump that effectively banned it from US communications networks. It required American companies to get a license to do business with the Chinese telecom giant, which is the subject of national security concerns due to its links to the Chinese government.

The ban impacted Huawei’s latest flagship phones — its Mate 30 devices shipped without full support for Google’s Android. Instead, they use Android open source, which means they don’t have Google services (like Play Store) or apps (like Chrome or Maps). Since a workaround was apparently eliminated, Mate 30 owners have to use Huawei equivalents instead, which could hurt its phone sales in future.

Huawei snatched Apple’s spot as the world’s No. 2 phone-seller back in 2018, but earlier this year tempered expectations that it’ll overtake Samsung to become the world’s biggest vendor in 2019.

First published at 4:20 a.m. PT.
Updated at 5 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.

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