• Huawei announced that 6 million units of its P20 and P20 Pro phones have shipped worldwide so far.
  • Huawei’s overall phone shipments are up by 81 percent compared to the same 10 week period in 2017, for the launch of the P10 line.
  • The company says the photo improvements in the triple rear camera on the P20 Pro were part of the reason for the increase in shipments.

The launch of the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro has apparently been a successful one for the China-based smartphone maker. The company revealed this week that shipments of the P20 phone line have reached the 6 million unit mark since the phones were first announced in late March.

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According to the South China Morning Post, the shipment numbers were revealed by Kevin Ho, president of Huawei’s phone business, during a keynote speech this week at CES Asia in Shanghai. He added that shipments of Huawei’s phones were up 81 percent compared to the same 10 week period in 2017, when the company launched the Huawei P10 lineup. Shipments in China went up 63 percent, while jumping up by a whopping 150 percent outside that country.

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Ho put part of the reason for the success of the P20 line on the triple rear camera on the P20 Pro.  He said that the company’s efforts to offer major photo and camera improvements “have pushed up shipments of P20 both at home and abroad.”

Huawei had already been expanding shipments of its smartphones into Europe before the launch of the P20 line. According to the research firm Canalys, Huawei phone shipments in Europe went up by 38.6 percent in the first quarter of 2018. That’s compared to shipment declines of 15.4 percent and 5.4 percent by Samsung and Apple, respectively, in the same time period in Europe.