2019 is surely a tough year for Huawei as the Chinese company who envisioned to take over Samsung to become the top smartphone maker this year is now preparing for a 40% to 60% drop in its international smartphone shipments this year due to the ban imposed by the Trump administration.
According to Bloomberg, apart from bracing themselves for a sharp decline in sales, the company is also planning to pull the shipment of the recently launched Honor 20 devices if they will suffer from poor sales performance. The new devices fro the Honor 20 series have started to debut in different countries and seemingly, Huawei will be keeping an eye on to see whether the outcome is the same it expected or not.
Honor made a huge gamble and launched its Honor 20 series among the controversy but even though it may fail to get the customer base that it deserves due to its premium features, it still brought the Chinese firm’s defiance to the limelight.
At the same time, the expected decline in international shipments would be a huge blow to the company which recently saw over 5o% increase the year-on-year basis in shipment volume in the first quarter of 2019. With these stats, it managed to overtake Apple to become the world’s second largest smartphone maker and stirred up trouble for Samsung
The company is fighting the US placed restrictions in court but at the same time, it is accelerating the launch of its homegrown Hongmeng OS and is reportedly planning to ship 225 million devices with its custom operating system by the end of October 2019.
Seeing the grave impact on their businesses, Google, Intel, and Qualcomm has started lobbying against the Huawei ban in the US and are asking for exemptions from the restrictions placed by their government.