If current trends continue, the world will have a new leader in smartphone shipments this year

If current trends continue, the world will have a new leader in smartphone shipments this year
Confidence is one thing that Huawei is not short of. As far back as 2016, Huawei executive Richard Yu vowed that Huawei would top Samsung and Apple to become the largest smartphone manufacture in the world by 2021. Since then, the company has voiced this goal several times and last year it shipped over 200 million units. What makes this even more impressive is that Huawei does absolutely no business with the major U.S. carriers.

Even though Huawei is now considered a pariah because of the rumors that its devices spy on consumers and corporations, the company still expects to surpass Samsung this year to become the global smartphone leader. According to Digitimes, the company plans to ship more than 250 million smartphones this year, and deliver 300 million next year. Last year Huawei hit the jackpot with a couple of premium phones that were among the best in the industry; the Huawei P20 Pro introduced the triple camera setup, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which might have been a big hit in the U.S. had it been available from say, Verizon or T-Mobile.

Huawei's HiSilicon chip design unit (the Kirin chipsets that power top shelf Huawei phones are actually produced by TSMC) has reportedly asked its partners to provide extra capacity. This is being done, according to those in the know, to help Huawei's push to wear the smartphone crown this year. According to IDC, Samsung shipped 292.3 million phones in 2018, topping the 208.8 million delivered by Apple. Huawei was third with 206 million units shipped. While it would seem that Huawei has created an impossible goal for it to reach this year, the trends are on its side. Last year, Samsung's smartphone shipments decline by 8% and Apple's were 3.2% lower. Huawei had the largest growth among the big boys with a 33.2% improvement. If these trends continue this year, Huawei will end up the global leader in smartphone shipments.

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35 Comments

1. ALMBO6

Posts: 196; Member since: May 28, 2018

If they keep making great phones with the price that go with it they could be 1st by next month. I don't care about Samsung or Apple, all I care about is Great phones at reasonable prices. And all this "Huawei is spying on people" is just a bunch of baloney, the US have been spying on everybody for decades now and everyone has always been fine with it.

2. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Yea but Huawei premium phones are also expensive af so not sure what you're trying to say there.

3. ALMBO6

Posts: 196; Member since: May 28, 2018

Their prices decrease faster than any other brand. In less than 6 months (if that's not already the case right now) the Mate 20 Pro will cost as much as the Oneplus 6T, but it'll still be a far better phone. The P20 Pro is already a better phone than the Oneplus 6T but costs less.

6. w1000i

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

They have cheap phones already with super spec

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

If you are talking about midrangers, then no! They don't have super specs.... Stop with this Huawei worshipping. Only Huawei's high-end and Flagship phones are great. Their midrangers are just good to okay for the price. Xiaomi is miles better and yet everyone drools over Huawei just bcoz of their marketing.

17. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Samsung step up with Galaxy M series in India, could go up again in millions in India alone. I'm not saying Huawei will not become no. 1, but Samsung response well with their midrange device.

18. raky_b

Posts: 414; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Now, that came out in public like Huawei is spying on people,but what it spying scandals is all about is industrial espionage. We are all spayed by NSA, Google/Apple, Facebook and at leas 10 more agencies every day by using technology, I don't have problem if China would do the same...nothing to see here.

30. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Never will happen with S10 coming out and who wants their info being stolen by Huawei lol people are so clueless to trust a Chinese company

4. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Huawei flagship phones are so expensive that it's better for me to buy an iPhone.

5. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

It's a shame the U.S. government tossed them under the bus. I had 3 Huawei phones that were absolutely perfect. But, living in the USA, getting one without having to muck around with flashing, or, the U.S. government bans them completely, I looked elsewhere this time.

7. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Not surprising at all. China and India are top phone consumers of the world. You get their wallet and you gain market increase. Huawei's aggressive marketing and samsung's slow mid-range innovation are starting to pay off.

8. Rager722 unregistered

Let's talk about this after the S10 launches.

11. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Have u seen the tempered glass protector of S10? It's hideous. I would rather have a normal front, back or side mounted FP scanner than that abomination.

25. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You mean the one that is a RUMOR

19. raky_b

Posts: 414; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yes, let's talk than. You really expect that this overpriced Sammy will be bestseller!? Yes, Huawei is also getting overpriced on flagship feald, but where the big numbers are (sale of cheaper devices) , the are giving better value for money than Samsung (Apple is not in that game). Problem for Huawei is that P Smart,for example, don't bring that much profits, so Samsung is (in android world) the one with big money. Less devices sold,but earns more money. More wooll from every sheep.

22. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Yes this overpriced sammy will be best seller, and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it. I'd say way way better seller than any other android flagship this year.

9. Vasras

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2018

Well, USA and it's vassals will do their damnest to stop Huawei, because Huawei doesn't allow NSA backdoors on their equipment.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, just MSS back door's.

10. Rafishant

Posts: 398; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Nokia ruled the world for 14 years (1998- 2012) and followed by Samsung since December 2012. We could see another leader soon.

12. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Still android so still a no. Come on Huawei, give your customers a better OS that’s competitive with iOS.

14. Be_Mine

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Bugs Infested iOS?

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

So android has no bugs?

32. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why would they want to cripple their devices with less power and less function?

33. wickedwilly

Posts: 723; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

IOS is already an inferior OS to Android, yet IOS users stick to it as they are used to it. A new OS would be no different.

13. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

This year is samsung's innovation year. Huawei can't beat samsung this year, galaxy m series and s10's are really perfect

20. raky_b

Posts: 414; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

...and perfectly overpriced. What is innovative in S10e to be that expensive? Or you are expecting that S10+ with it's 1500$ price tag will be bestseller?

23. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

$1500 price tag for the 1tb with 12gbr, 5G and ceramic finish. That's the top of the top model for people who need it, the s10 plus 6gbr and 128gb storage will be around $1000. Get your facts straight.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They don't believe in checking facts. And all these prices are still just rumors tell the announcement.

21. alanrock

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

Huawei/Honor/Xiaomi phones are good to go...who needs Samsung/Apple duopoly anyway?

26. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Technology leaders comes and goes. This is hardly surprising considering Samsung was hardly a top tier brand 15 years ago.

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