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Huawei Profit Surges 564%

Huawei Technologies Co.’s profit rose for the fourth consecutive quarter, a sign the Chinese tech company is taking market share from Apple Inc. and other smartphone rivals.

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The Shenzhen-based company reported net profit of 19.6 billion yuan ($2.7 billion) in the March quarter, up 564%, according to a filing from Huawei’s holding company posted to the website of the National Interbank Funding Center in China.

Its smartphone shipments grew 70% in the first quarter

The Shenzhen company is also offering AI chips to rival Nvidia

Sales in the first quarter rose 37% to 178.5 billion yuan. The company did not provide a sales breakdown for various business segments in its filing.

The phenomenal growth in earnings underscored Huawei’s resurgence despite US sanctions.

The company’s smartphone shipments surged 70% in the first quarter, according to research firm Counterpoint, after the company made an unexpected comeback last year with a new 5G phone powered by an advanced made-in-China 7-nanometer chip despite US sanctions.

  • As a stark contrast, Apple’s iPhone sales in China fell 19% during the March quarter

Earlier this month, Huawei unveiled its new Pura 70 smartphone series with a slightly enhanced chip, showcasing its capability to sustain production of advanced semiconductors and ramp up pressure on Apple on its home turf.

Huawei is also making progress on AI chips with its Ascend GPU. Nvidia Corp. Chief Executive Jensen Huang has called the Chinese company a formidable rival.


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