Huawei hopes to ship 20 million smartphones this year

Last year, Huawei shipped 3.3 million smartphones, and this year the Shenzhen-based company has bigger goals in mind. On Wednesday the company lifted its yearly smartphone shipment projection to 20 million units according to Reuters — a jump from the 12-15 million smartphones the company said it hoped to ship this year back in April. “Our original target this year was at 12-15 million units globally,” Victor Xu, chief strategy and marketing officer of Huawei Device, said. “Currently, based on the sales in the first half of this year, sales in the domestic market might have already exceeded this figure. Therefore, we think probably that could be around 20 million units globally.” Huawei has launched a number of affordable handsets globally, and while some have landed on regional U.S. carriers, the larger U.S. carriers typically only stock its USB modems. The company also recently took the wraps off of its new MediaPad Android tablet, a device that is expected to launch this fall — although it’s unclear if it will make its way to the United States.

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