IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo believes that the Chinese firm has a very real chance of overtaking the iPhone maker in one of the most important smartphone markets in the world, reports CNBC. Jeronimo points out that Apple has a 12% market share in the country currently, while Huawei is not far behind, at 11.3%. That difference equates to fewer than 4 million smartphones. Huawei has been investing heavily in smartphone tech in recent years and is about to release its own AI chipset called the Kirin 970, which is expected to go head-to-head in terms of performance with the iPhone X’s A11 Bionic chipset.
The Chinese smartphone maker is also set to unveil its 2017 flagship devices in Germany today. If the devices impress, it’s possible Huawei could see enough demand in China to overtake the iPhone this year–especially considering the iPhone X, which releases next month, is believed to see extremely constrained unit shipments until 2018.