Huawei's CEO, Yu Chengdong (also known as Richard Yu), shared a video today on this official Weibo (Chinese social network) account, commemorating Huawei's Weibo community's anniversary, and in that 1-minute video, he said that the company is aiming to ship 200 million handsets in 2018. In that video, Mr. Chengdong also revealed that Huawei managed to ship over 150 million handsets last year, and that includes the Honor series, so if it manages to ship 200 million devices this year that would be a huge, 30-percent increase in shipments.
In the first quarter of this year, Huawei was the third-placed smartphone manufacturer, right behind Samsung and Apple, though we do not have any shipments info at this time, so we'll have to wait a bit longer in order to see how many devices Huawei dispatched thus far, but some numbers will likely pop up soon, as we're almost halfway through 2018. Huawei's P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite smartphones have been quite popular, though, earlier this month, the company had announced that it sold 6 million P20 units. The Honor 10, a flagship smartphone sold by Huawei's subsidiary, Honor, is also making strides, it's quite affordable for what it has to offer, and it's selling really well for the company in Europe. On top of being the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in Europe. Huawei managed to retain its top spot in China, ahead of OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi, at least for the moment.
Huawei is still planning to release quite a few devices this year, in a number of its markets, including the Mate 20 flagship which will likely drop in the fourth quarter of this year. The Huawei Mate 20 will probably ship with three cameras, just like the Huawei P20 Pro, and it will sport boosted specs compared to the P20 Pro, including Huawei's upcoming flagship SoC which will probably be called the Kirin 980, but it hasn't been announced just yet, so we're only guessing. Huawei has set its sights really high this year, and it will be interesting to see whether it can reach that magic 200 million number, though based on Mr. Chengdong's comments, Huawei is capable of doing so, especially considering half a year almost passed, so Mr. Chengdong probably has some rough sales numbers available to him, and he wouldn't just set its sights so high without a reason.