Hong Kong (CNN Business)Huawei smartphones are killing the iPhone in China.
Demand for the Chinese tech company’s devices is red hot even though the country’s overall market for smartphones is shrinking. Huawei’s China sales rocketed more than 20% in the final quarter of 2018, and experts say that’s partly due to the US government’s global campaign against the company.
“The latest tension between the US and China raised the patriotism in Chinese consumers,” said Jusy Hong, an analyst at research firm IHS Markit.
He pointed out that some Chinese companies encouraged employees to buy Huawei phones late last year. The moves were a gesture of support after the firm’s chief financial officer was arrested in Canada in early December at the request of the United States.
Huawei’s booming sales show how major parts of its business continue to thrive even as the United States tries to persuade other countries to shut Huawei products out of 5G wireless networks and pursues criminal charges against it. The company expects to overtake Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone maker by next year.
Huawei sold 30 million phones in China in the last three months of 2018, nearly three times as many as Apple (), according to data published this week by research firms Canalys and IDC. Apple’s sales plunged almost 20%.