A look at Huawei, a fast-rising smartphone brand

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Posted: May 17, 2016 6:12 AM

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The rise of Huawei Technologies Ltd.'s 6-year-old smartphone brand by-the-numbers:

—108 million: The number of mobile phones Huawei shipped in 2015, the first Chinese brand to pass 100 million in a year and No. 4 worldwide after Nokia, Samsung and Apple, with a 8.7 percent market share.

—129 billion yuan ($19.9 billion): Huawei's sales of smartphones and other consumer devices last year, up 73 percent over 2014 and one-third of the company's total revenue of 395 billion yuan ($60.8 billion).

—36.9 billion yuan ($5.7 billion): Huawei's 2015 profit.

—59.6 billion yuan ($9 billion): Huawei's 2015 spending on research and development, outpacing Apple's $8.1 billion.

—170,000 people: Huawei's global workforce, about 40 percent non-Chinese and about half working in R&D, the company says.

—17.9 million: Number of smartphones Huawei sold in China in the final quarter of 2015, ahead of Apple's 17.1 million.

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Sources: Huawei, IDC.