In a media briefing reported by CNBC, Huawei's consumer CEO Richard Yu said: "It's no question that we become the No.2 next year; in Q4 next year it's possible we become No.1."
According to preliminary data from IDC, Huawei has already surpassed Apple to become the second biggest smartphone maker in the world. It shipped 54.2 million devices in the second quarter, and had a record high market share of 15.8%. This broke an eight-year streak of Apple and Samsung occupying the top two positions.
Samsung currently maintains its lead, but IDC said hints from its recent earnings call could signal problems ahead.
Huawei has grown despite being essentially absent in the US markets. Alleged connections between Huawei and the Chinese government led to US officials voicing suspicions about the company, and cautioning against buying its phones.
This has led to Huawei being effectively locked out of the US market, and a Huawei spokesperson told CNBC: "Huawei is aware of a range of U.S. government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei's business in the U.S. market.
"Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities."
However, the company has seen the bulk of its growth from Europe and its home turf of Asia. It is the lead smartphone maker in China, with a market share of 27% according to IDC.
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