Huawei Mate 20 Hits 10 Million Units

Huawei Mate 20 Hits 10 Million Units
The Chinese company's flagship Mate 20 has an in-screen fingerprint sensor and is selling fast outside the U.S.

(CCM) — Controversial Chinese phone-maker Huawei claims to have shipped 10 million of its flagship Mate 20 smartphone in just four and a half months since the handset was released.

The state-of-the-art phone has proved highly popular thanks to its three rear cameras and in-screen fingerprint sensor, and has racked up impressive sales figures in many markets around the world. This has helped Huawei become the number two smartphone maker globally, second only to Samsung. The shipping figures were announced by Yu Chengdong, Huawei's consumer business chief executive, on Chinese social media platform Weibo, according to a Cnet report.

But so far Huawei has barely made an impact on the huge U.S. market. That is because the company is currently embroiled in a disagreement with the U.S. government, which has banned contractors from buying Huawei telecommunications equipment and pressured AT&T and Verizon into declining to carry Huawei phones for national security reasons, the report points out.

Many western governments including those of the U.S., Australia, and the U.K. fear that Huawei may put undocumented capabilities into its equipment which would enable the Chinese government to intercept data or spy on communications.

Last week the company announced a lawsuit against the U.S. government about the equipment ban, so it is unlikely that the Mate 20 will be available from major U.S. retailers in the near future.

Image: © Huawei.