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In a year of controversy, Huawei sold 200 million phones

Despite a year filled with controversy and growing tensions with the US, Huawei sold 200 million smartphones in 2018. The Chinese manufacturer confirmed the sales figures today, which represent an increase of around 31 percent compared to 2017.

The 200 million smartphones sold this year is a record for Huawei. In 2017, the manufacturer of the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro, sold 153 million smartphones. Huawei is currently the second largest manufacturer of smartphones, behind Samsung.

In a statement, the brand said: "In the global smartphone market, Huawei has gone from being dismissed as a statistical 'other' to ranking among the top 3 players in the world."

Huawei also said that it currently has 500 million active smartphones spread across 170 different countries worldwide. The company has ambitions to overtake Samsung to become the world's largest phone maker by the end of 2019 and says it is on track to achieve that target.

The Chinese brand's sales have benefitted from strong performance from its flagships. Huawei sold 16 million units of its P20 Pro this year, as well as five million units from the Mate 20 line.

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The Huawei Mate 20 line of smartphones is selling well. / © AndroidPIT

It seems that a year of controversy has not hurt Huawei in terms of sales. Tensions with Washington escalated this year over US suspicions over Huawei's ties to the Chinese government. The brand is effectively blocked from the US market, and allies are starting to follow suit under pressure from US officials.

Huawei also had to deal with its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, being arrested in Canada this year on charges of committing fraud in breach of US sanctions. Meng is currently on bail as she fights an extradition order to the US.

In the UK, Huawei's 5G network infrastructure is being stripped out and the company is being kept well away from auctions for future 5G networks.

What do you think about Huawei's success despite the company's problems in the US and Europe? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: TechRadar

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  • I am considering to purchase Huawei P30 Pro next year - over Samsung galaxy S10.


  • I have the P20 Lite..and after a succession of Samsung's,I prefer it..the battery life is extraordinary..!!


  • It appears does not need any help with phone sales here in the US. I must say Huawei is the most improved OEM of 2018. 200 million phone sales is pretty damn good!


  • Sadly, I had to give up on Huawei. Not because of a bad experience, spying or anything other than the fact I live in the USA, and I seriously don't see any "love" from them, to the USA, and I don't blame them.
    I've had 3 of their phones. Mates 2,8,9...although they don't really get on the stick for pushing out updates, for me anyway, they've been as solid as a rock with excellent battery life.