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Huawei touts growth as smartphone shipments rise 26 percent

The company says it was able to double the amount of shipments on the premium side of the market and that it shipped nearly 17 million units worldwide in the third quarter.

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The Huawei Ascend P7 is helping the company's smartphone business grow. Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Mobile-telecommunications company Huawei saw smartphone shipments jump considerably in the last quarter.

Huawei's worldwide smartphone shipments rose 26 percent year-over-year in the third quarter to land at 16.8 million units, the company confirmed to Reuters on Thursday. Huawei says that roughly 4 million of those smartphones were mid- to high-end models -- double what the company shipped in that area during the same period last year.

Huawei has made great strides in building higher-end smartphones. The company offers the Ascend Mate 7, a device featuring a 6-inch display, fingerprint sensor, octa-core processor and fingerprint scanner all in a metal body. Earlier this month, CNET's editors gave the device a score of saying that it's "a decent choice for those of you looking for movies and games on the go."

Also last month, Huawei unveiled the Ascend P7, another high-end handset. That device comes with a 5-inch sapphire screen and ceramic back, so it's more resistant to scratches.

Even with Huawei's success to this point, the company has failed to break in to the biggest smartphone market: the US. Though consumers can pick up the company's products in the US, few have. The vast majority of Huawei's sales are in other major markets, like its home country of China. The company is also seeing growth in other foreign markets.

Looking ahead, Huawei says the good times should keep rolling. The company told Reuters that in the fourth quarter, shipments will be up 80 percent quarter-over-quarter.

Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.