Huawei increases smartphone shipment target to 20 million

Reuters

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C), a manufacturer of handsets and network equiptment, aims to ship 20 million smartphones this year, an executive said on Wednesday.

In April, Huawei said it expected to ship between 12 million and 15 million smartphones, which run on Google's Android operating system. Last year, it shipped 3.3 million units.

"Currently, based on the sales in the first half of this year, sales in the domestic market might have already exceeded [the 12-15 million] figure,” said Victor Xu, chief strategy and marketing officer of Huawei Device. “Therefore, we think probably that could be around 20 million units globally."

Huawei Device, which contributes about 17% to Huawei's overall revenue of $28 billion, is a division within the group that sells consumer devices, such as cellphones, tablet PCs and wireless cards. Huawei have been unveiling smartphones to compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung Electronics's Galaxy.

Huawei plans to ship 170 million to 200 million units of products this year, including more than 60 million cellphones, Xu said on Wednesday.

In another effort to capture the consumer sector, Huawei unveiled its MediaPard, a 7-inch Android-based tablet PC, and is developing a 10-inch device to be launched this year.

Currently, Apple dominates the tablet PC market sector with a whopping 80% share.

(Writing by Lee Chyen Yee; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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