Trust is one thing that Huawei is not capable of. As far back as 2016, Huawei executive Richard Yu promised that Huawei would surprise Samsung and Apple to become the world's largest smartphone production by 2021. Since then, the company has expressed this goal several times, and last year it sent over 200 million units . What makes this even more impressive is that Huawei has no business with the major US carriers.
Although Huawei is now considered a pariah because of the rumors that its entities are spying on consumers and businesses, the company still expects to surpass Samsung this year to become the global smartphone leader. According to Digitimes, the company plans to send over 250 million smartphones this year and deliver 300 million next year. Last year, the Huawei hit the jackpot with a pair 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 could have been a big hit in the US, had been accessed from Verizon or T-Mobile.
Huawei's HiSilicon chip design unit Kirin chipsets, which power supply Huawei phones are actually produced by TSMC) have reportedly prompted its partners to provide additional capacity. This is done, according to those in the knowledge, to help Huawei's push to carry the smartphone crown this year. According to IDC, Samsung sent 292.3 million phones in 2018, delivering 208.8 million by Apple. Huawei was third with 206 million units shipped. While it looks as if Huawei has created an impossible goal to reach this year, the trend is on its side. Last year, Samsung's smartphone shipments dropped by 8%, and Apple's 3.2% lower. Huawei had the biggest growth among the big boys with an improvement of 33.2%. If these trends continue this year, Huawei will end up being the global leader in smartphone shipments.