Smartphone maker Huawei increased its shipments by 44 percent in 2015, sparked by demand in China and Western Europe.

Huawei have rapidly grown their business over the last year, with sales rising by nearly 40 percent in the first six months of last year. Traditionally known for making cheaper smartphone models, the company released its latest flagship smartphone in Las Vegas yesterday which was priced at $699 and designed to compete with higher-end competitors Apple and Samsung.

Huawei have consistently seen strong demand in a challenging market, becoming the only Chinese handset vendor to ship more than 100 million smartphones in a year last year.

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