Huawei declares to dethrone Apple, forecasts massive shipment

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Company projects shipments for 2018 will surpass its 180 million target after shipping over 95 million phones in the first half of the year, according to Reuters.

Huawei notes that its global market share is now 15.8 percent, and research on Tuesday said it overtook Apple to become the world’s second-largest phone vendor, behind Samsung.

The Chinese titan pulled ahead of Apple Inc. to claim the No. 2 position in global smartphone shipments in the second quarter just behind Samsung Electronics Co., solidifying the rise of Chinese competitors.

“I think it’s no problem that we become the global No. 2 next year; in quarter four next year, it’s possible we become No. 1,” Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer business group CEO, said on Friday. Yu previously expressed hopes for the company to ship 200 million phones by end of 2018.

Chinese smartphone makers have been gaining influence as their domestic market grows and they expand abroad.

Huawei highlighted the performance of its P20 series, which had worldwide shipments of more than 9 million while focusing on the Chinese and European markets due to challenging relationships with the US and Australian governments.

US intelligence officials in February advised Americans not to purchase Huawei products, for fear that they’re being used to spy for the Chinese government. Carriers have heeded the government’s direction.

AT&T discontinued a plan to sell Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro, and Verizon reportedly followed suit.

Two months earlier, Huawei was revealed as the biggest corporate sponsor of overseas travel for Australia’s politicians, an analysis said after the company tried to assure the country’s government that it was not a security threat.