Huawei said its revenue grew 23% in the first half of this year, helped by robust smartphone sales in China.
But the question is what the second half will look like. In May, the U.S. government restricted Huawei’s access to a wide range of American technologies, from chips to Google software used in Huawei phones. The political climate for Huawei has become harsher and harsher since its chief financial officer was arrested in Canada at the request of the U.S. in December.
Despite the challenges overseas, Huawei’s handset sales were boosted by strong demand from Chinese consumers in the first half. Huawei’s share of China’s smartphone market rose to 38% in the second quarter, from 28% a year earlier, according to research firm Canalys.
“Huawei’s retail partners are rolling out advertisements to link Huawei with being the patriotic choice, to appeal to a growing demographic of Chinese consumers willing to take political factors into account when making a purchase decision,” Canalys said in a statement.