Huawei Sells One Million 5G Phones Before Global Sales Begin

The U.S. government’s ban on Huawei has placed the Chinese phone giant’s flagship 5G phone, the Mate 30, in uncertain territory. In China, however, it’s business as usual. The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro handsets went on sale this past week and, according to Huawei, sold one million units in three hours.

The phone series has officially been launched in Munich, and European pricing has been announced, but there’s no word on when the phones will actually go on sale, likely because Huawei would like to resolve its issue with Google before an international rollout.

Adding controversy to the launch, Huawei is unable to offer the Google Play app store or Google services like Gmail and Maps preinstalled on its new phone.

Selling a million units in under a week is impressive, but perhaps not surprising given Huawei’s popularity in its home country, which has only increased following the recent U.S. drama. Some Chinese citizens feel Huawei has been unfairly scrutinized by the Trump administration and thus want to show their support out of a sense of patriotism.

According to research firm Canalys, Huawei shipped 37.3 million phones in China in the second quarter of this year, up 31% over 2018. Huawei, in fact, was the only brand to increase sales over the previous year in China, as Apple, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo all suffered lower sales than their 2018 numbers.

Source: Forbes