Huawei has long had a stated goal of becoming the top smartphone vendor in the world. The Chinese smartphone giant has predicted today that it could become the world’s biggest-selling smartphone vendor this year. It would be a big achievement for the company if it manages to do that when you consider the fact that its smartphones are not available in the U.S. market.
Huawei’s smartphone division was one of the fastest growing smartphone vendors globally as it shipped some 208 million handsets. The chief of Huawei’s consumer division Richard Yu, said during a news conference in Beijing today that “Even without the US market we will be number one in the world,” adding that “I believe at the earliest this year, and next year at the latest.”
Yu also addressed the concerns that some governments have about Huawei products allowing the Chinese government to spy on users. “Our customers have trust and confidence in us,” he said during the news conference, “It’s only politics guys which are trying to put pressure on us.”
Huawei has reported a 50 percent gain in its consumer business revenue last year which came in excess of $52 billion. The consumer business accounted for 48 percent of the company’s total revenue, making it the first time that this division has contributed more to revenues compared to its lucrative network equipment business.