Huawei P9 shipments hit 2.6 million in its first few weeks on the market

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Huawei announced that its P9 and P9 Plus smartphones have been a huge success, reaching a whopping 2.6 million shipments in their first six weeks on the market.

The P9 and P9 Plus were launched in London on April 6, and since then, Huawei says they’ve seen unprecedented sales that are actually exceeding that 2.6 million mark. A large amount of these sales are came from China, France, Finland, and Britain. Within a week of announcing the handset, there were over 5 million online pre-orders in China. We don’t know how many of those were canceled or refunded, but Huawei is obviously having difficulty trying to keep up with that demand.

Huawei noted that P9 sales are 130% higher than P8 sales in the global market, with Huawei now holding about 8.5% of the global smartphone market. In Q1 2016, the company shipped 28.3 million units globally, which Huawei says is a 64% increase over the same time last year.

The Chinese-based company has obviously done something right with the P9 and P9 Plus, as the demand for both handsets seem to be through the roof. It goes without saying, it’s a very nice looking handset with a competitive edge. You can check out camera samples here.

We’ve got the press release below.

Strong Demand for Huawei’s P9 and P9 Plus Smartphones Leads to Significant Growth

Shenzhen, China (June 14, 2016) – Huawei Consumer Business Group today announced its newest flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus, have achieved unprecedented global sales since they were launched in London on April 6. Global shipments of the P9 and P9 Plus exceeded 2.6 million within six weeks of their release, with tremendous sales occurring in China, France, Finland and Britain. Instantly becoming a popular product, sales of the P9 are 130 percent higher than P8 sales in global markets. These outstanding results have increased Huawei’s global market share to 8.5 percent^ and cemented the company’s top-three position in the smartphone industry.

During Q1 2016, Huawei shipped 28.3 million units globally, a 64 percent^ increase year-over-year. Huawei also experienced notable achievements in regional markets:

  • Strong P9 sales: The Huawei P9 has huge popularity globally, achieving significant numbers of pre-orders and sales. In China, over 5 million online pre-orders were made within a week since its global release in London.
  • P9 vs. P8 sales: Sales of the P9 are 130 percent higher than P8 sales in global markets outside of China. In France, P9 sales are up more than 1,000 percent higher than P8 sales. P9 sales are also up more than 400 percent in Poland and Finland, and more than 300 percent in Britain, over those of the P8.
  • Growing popularity in global markets: After the P9’s global launch in London, its popularity in various regions has continuously increased with wide-ranging promotion activities. In Egypt, as the major sponsor of the Fashion Festival in Cairo, branded elements of Huawei and the P9 were seen throughout the event while P9 smartphones were also used to take selfie by celebrities and models on-stage, resulting in massive media attention. In Hong Kong, Huawei collaborated with renowned photographer Water Poon and celebrity Simon Yam on the P9’s photo gallery at an outdoor bus shelter located at a prominent location, maximizing its reach to diverse audience. In Germany, the P9 has also received significant accolades, including: “Technology Award” from Hardware Luxx; “Recommendation Award” from Allround-PC.

“Huawei is focused on creating premium devices that exhibit our dedication to flawless design and technological innovation,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “These high end devices are attracting more fans than ever before, who want to use the latest and most innovative smartphone technology. When consumers around the world are lining up to be the first to buy Huawei’s flagship smartphones, as they have for the P9 and P9 Plus, it’s clear the appeal of our devices is universal.”

Huawei collaborated with Leica Camera AG to create the P9’s and P9 Plus’s signature dual-lens camera, resulting in aesthetically-stunning devices that deliver amazing true-to-life color pictures. The dual-lens camera takes smartphone photography to the next level, allowing users to capture both vivid colors and striking black and white images.

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