Huawei ships the highest number of notched smartphones in the first half of the year

Apple is expected to lead in the second half of the year.

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News broke out a couple of days ago that Huawei had overtaken Apple to become the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer. Now, there’s news coming in that the Chinese manufacturer shipped the highest number of notched smartphones in the first half of the year, despite the fact that the company still hasn’t managed to get a strong hold in the US.

Sigmaintell Consulting released this information today, giving out numbers for the number of notched devices for various smartphone manufacturer. Huawei has apparently shipped 25.4 million handsets with a display notch. The Chinese company is followed by Apple with 20.7 million units that is followed by Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi. Interestingly, Samsung is the only top brand smartphone manufacturer in the list to not be selling notched smartphones.

All in all, there have been 86.1 million notched devices that have been sold from the beginning of the year up to June 30, which accounts for almost 14.25 percent of all the smartphones that have been sold during this period.

Huawei has sold more than 100 million smartphones this year until now, so going by the numbers, it’s easy to conclude that about one in four devices has a notch.

Sigmaintell also revealed the number of shipments of smartphone display panels this year. While a-Si LCD, which includes Oxide LCD had almost 390 million units being shipped, which made up almost 42 percent of the global shipments during the first half of the year. 340 million LTPS LCD panels were shipped this year, which had almost a 36 percent market share and AMOLED screen had a 21 percent market share with almost 200 million units shipped.

Notched smartphones are those that come with a U-shaped notch at the top of the display. This has been a popular trend in recent years. This trend is further expected to continue in the second half of the year with Apple unsurprisingly going to take the lead as it has recently launched three new smartphones. Huawei is also expected to do well as it plans to launch three new devices Mate 2o, Mate 20 Pro and the Mate 20 Lite among other mid-range devices. Samsung, on the other hand, is expected to continue to be out of the way as it pushes its Infinity Display design.


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