OPPO 230Who is BBK? The world's second largest smartphone vendor by number sold, BBK, was a name I didn't know until recently. They own Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus. These giant brands are huge in Asia and are becoming very visible in Europe as well. There's a good article on the history of these companies at PhoneRadar.

BBK operates as General Motors once did: Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick were run independently and competed with very different go-to-market strategies. Oppo and Vivo have large, independent research divisions as well. (Charts below.)

Headlines around the world today blasted, "Huawei overtakes Apple to become world's second-largest smartphone vendor."  Counterpoint believes Huawei shipped 54.2M phones in Q2. Huawei still has a way to go to pass Samsung, with 71.6M. Huawei emulates Henry Ford, who built steel mills and a rubber plantation to supply his automobiles. Huawei's HiSilicon is the largest chip company in China, going neck-and-neck with Qualcomm & Samsung.

Oppo had 29.6M and Vivo 26M, totaling 55.6M. Add OnePlus and BBK is well ahead although Huawei is growing more quickly.

Ranking by sales dollars and especially profits, Apple and Samsung are far above.

From the press releases of Counterpoint and Strategy Analytics, similar estimates

global smartphone Q2 2018



Strategy Analytics: Huawei Overtakes Apple to Become World's Second Largest Smartphone Vendor in Q2 2018


July 31, 2018

Huawei overtakes Apple iPhone to become world's 2nd largest smartphone maker for first time ever.


BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually to reach 350 million units in Q2 2018. Samsung maintained first position with 20 percent global smartphone marketshare, while Huawei overtook Apple for the first time ever to become the world’s second largest smartphone vendor.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually from 360.4 million units in Q2 2017 to 350.4 million in Q2 2018. The global smartphone market has slowed down this year, due to longer replacement rates, diminishing carrier subsidies, and a lack of new hardware design innovation.”

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung shipped 71.5 million smartphones worldwide in Q2 2018, tumbling 10 percent annually from 79.5 million units in Q2 2017. This was Samsung’s worst quarterly performance since the third quarter of 2016. Samsung is being squeezed by Chinese rivals, like Xiaomi and Huawei, across major Asian markets such as China and India. Huawei soared 41 percent annually from 38.4 million smartphones shipped worldwide during Q2 2017 to a record 54.2 million units in Q2 2018. Huawei overtook Apple for the first time ever to become the world’s second largest smartphone vendor. Huawei captured 15 percent global smartphone marketshare in the quarter. Huawei’s midrange Android models, such as Nova 2S and Nova 3e, are proving wildly popular across Asia and Europe.”

Woody Oh, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Apple grew an above-average 1 percent annually and shipped 41.3 million iPhones for 12 percent smartphone marketshare worldwide in Q2 2018. Apple continues to grow in smartphones, but at a much slower pace than key Chinese rivals such as Huawei and Xiaomi. Apple will need to innovate new designs for the iPhone if it wants to grow future volumes, perhaps by adding new features such as dual SIM cards or foldable screens.”

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Xiaomi shipped an impressive 32.0 million smartphones and held fourth position with a record 9 percent global marketshare in Q2 2018, lifting from 6 percent share a year ago. Xiaomi’s growth increased 38 percent annually in the quarter, but this was down from the 58 percent rate it hit a year ago. Xiaomi is now slowing, due to fresh competition from Huawei in its key markets of India and China. OPPO held fifth place, capturing 9 percent global smartphone marketshare in Q2 2018, up slightly from 8 percent a year ago. OPPO has been hit hard by Xiaomi’s rapid expansion in the past year, but OPPO is finally stabilizing and fighting back with keener pricing and enhanced new models such as the R15 with dual SIM cards.”


Exhibit 1: Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments and Marketshare in Q2 2018 1

Global Smartphone Vendor Shipments (Millions of Units)   Q2 '17   Q2 '18
Samsung   79.5   71.5
Huawei   38.4   54.2
Apple   41.0   41.3
Xiaomi   23.2   32.0
OPPO   29.5   30.2
Others   148.8   121.2
Total   360.4   350.4
Global Smartphone Vendor Marketshare (%)   Q2 '17   Q2 '18
Samsung   22.1%   20.4%
Huawei   10.7%   15.5%
Apple   11.4%   11.8%
Xiaomi   6.4%   9.1%
OPPO   8.2%   8.6%
Others   41.3%   34.6%
Total   100.0%   100.0%
Total Growth: Year-over-Year (%)   5.5%   -2.8%
Source: Strategy Analytics        

The full report, Huawei Overtakes Apple as Global Smartphone Shipments Hit 350 Million in Q2 2018, is published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, details of which can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y75uhw62 .

1 Numbers are rounded

dave askAugust 2018 Verizon's $20B 5G build is starting to add customers in 2018. Gigabit LTE & Massive MIMO became real in 2017 and enow expanding worldwide. Almost all the other "5G" is mid-band, 70%-90% slower + hype. Europe is mostly pr. The term 5G has been bastardized, unfortunately.

Being a reporter is a great job for a geek. I'm not an engineer but I've learned from some of the best, including the primary inventors of DSL, cable modems, MIMO, Massive MIMO, and now 5G mmWave. Since 1999, I've done my best to get closer to the truth about broadband.

Send questions and news to Dave Burstein, Editor. I always want to hear from you, especially if you catch a mistake.


 5G Why Verizon thinks differently and what to do about it is a new report I wrote for STL Partners and their clients.

STL Partners, a British consulting outfit I respect, commissioned me to ask why. That report is now out. If you're a client, download it here. If not, and corporate priced research is interesting to you, ask me to introduce you to one of the principals.

It was fascinating work because the answers aren't obvious. Lowell McAdam's company is spending $20B to cover 30M+ homes in the first stage. The progress in low & mid-band, both "4G" and "5G," has been remarkable. In most territories, millimeter wave will not be necessary to meet expected demand.

McAdam sees a little further. mmWave has 3-4X the capacity of low and mid-band. He sees an enormous marketing advantage: unlimited services, even less congestion, reputation as the best network. Verizon testing found mmWave rate/reach was twice what had been estimated. All prior cost estimates need revision.

My take: even if mmWave doesn't fit in your current budget, telcos should expand trials and training to be ready as things change. The new cost estimates may be low enough to change your mind.