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P20 launch: Will Huawei ever make it in the US?

In an interview with IDG Connect last year, Huawei's CEO of consumer business, Richard Yu said the company aimed to be “the number one vendor by 2021”. A year into that five-year goal, how are they doing?

According to Gartner, Huawei was one of only two smartphone vendors (the other being Xiaomi) to achieve year-on-year unit growth in the fourth quarter of 2017. However, “Future growth opportunities for Huawei will reside in winning market share in emerging APAC and the US,” Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, said in a press release last month. So it had to come as a pretty major blow when, just days before the company launched their latest flagship device in Paris, CNET broke the news that Best Buy, the largest consumer electronics retailer in the United States, would stop selling Huawei devices.

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The news was just one of many setbacks to Huawei’s US expansion plans this year:

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