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Huawei ships 10m P8 lite smartphones

Huawei shipped more than 150 000 P8 lite smartphones to SA in January.

Huawei shipped more than 150 000 P8 lite smartphones to SA in January.

Chinese telecoms firm Huawei has shipped more than 10 million Huawei P8 lite smartphones, nine months after the launch of the device.

The Huawei P8 lite is the first Huawei smartphone to achieve higher sales in global markets than in China, signalling a breakthrough in Huawei's strategy of internalisation, it says.

Among Huawei's smartphone portfolio, the P8 lite brings "youthful energy" at a lower cost to consumers, who continue to adopt the phone in record numbers, it adds.

In a statement, Huawei says it shipped a total of over 12 million smartphones in January, a 93% increase from last year.

"January was also the fourth consecutive month that Huawei shipped over 10 million smartphones, with over 150 000 pieces shipped to South Africa alone.

"With Huawei's growing brand awareness and the continuous global growth, consumer interest in Huawei devices has continued to increase significantly," adds the statement.

This builds on a strong 2015, during which Huawei shipped a total of 108 million smartphones – a 4% increase from the previous year.

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