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Huawei to top Apple's 2018 phone sales as trade war heat builds

Chinese maker to grab second place globally but faces suspicion in key markets

The Huawei P20 smartphone comes equipped with Leica cameras. The company has shipped more than 200 million units in 2018.

GUANGZHOU -- Huawei Technologies is on track to beat Apple in full-year smartphone sales for the first time and take second place in the global market, with more than 200 million units already shipped in 2018.

The Chinese telecommunications company has greatly increased sales in China, Europe and Africa this year, and has already achieved a more than 30% jump in global unit sales from the 153 million sold in 2017. The P20 series, featuring high-spec cameras co-developed with Germany's Leica, was especially popular.

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