20 May 2019
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has already surpassed Apple to become the second biggest smartphone vendor in the world. Now the phone maker has announced that it aims to dethrone Samsung to become the world’s number one smartphone maker.
Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu and Walter Ji, President of Consumer Business Group in Europe, have stated that Huawei wants to dethrone Samsung to grab the first place in the smartphone market.
Huawei wants to dominate the smartphone market by the end of 2019. The company had set a record by exceeding 200 million smartphones shipped worldwide in 2018 and has now set the target of 250 million units shipped for 2019. In 2020, Huawei aims to ship over 300 million smartphones globally.
The company has been facing a number of roadblocks around the world in building national 5G network infrastructure, however, it still remains extremely popular in China and Europe. Over the past year, the company’s products have been banned from the US as well as allies due to its link with the Chinese government. The US has deemed Huawei as a security threat and has urged other countries as well to stop using Huawei components. Huawei’s CFO was also arrested in Canada, and the company has stated that it will have to spend billions of dollars over the next few years to regain its goodwill.
“Our customers have trust and confidence in us,” Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer division chief, said at a new-product news conference in Beijing. “It’s only politics guys which are trying to put pressure on us. Even without the U.S. market, we will be number one in the world,” Yu said, referring to Huawei’s smartphone division, which shipped 208 million handsets last year. “I believe at the earliest this year, and next year at the latest.”