Huawei Ships More Smartphones Than Apple, Samsung For The First Time

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According to a new report, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has topped Samsung in shipping the highest number of smartphones in a quarter. What’s notable is that this is the first time that Huawei has managed to beat Samsung in shipping more phones – and all this despite the fact that the company is at the receiving end of a trade ban that has crippled its operations in major smartphone markets worldwide.

The report by Canalys suggests that Huawei shipped 55.8 million smartphones in the April-June quarter, more than 2 million Samsung did (53.7 million). Although, you should know that both these numbers are lower than the number for the same quarter last year.

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While Huawei has Samsung beat in this quarter, this is likely to not turn into a continuous streak. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected smartphone sales in quite a few of Samsung’s major markets. For instance, smartphone shipments were down 48% in India during Q2 – an important market for Samsung.

Huawei, on the other hand, sells more than 70% of its devices in China – a market that isn’t as severely affected by the pandemic.

“If it wasn’t for COVID-19, it wouldn’t have happened. Huawei has taken full advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business. Samsung has a very small presence in China, with less than 1% market share, and has seen its core markets, such as Brazil, India, the United States and Europe, ravaged by outbreaks and subsequent lockdowns,” said Canalys Senior Analyst Ben Stanton.

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While this can be considered a good quarter for the Chinese smartphone giant, the bigger picture doesn’t seem to favour Huawei. The lack of access to Google’s Mobile Services has reduced the appeal of Huawei’s smartphones in global markets despite Huawei having introduced some impressive hardware in the last year or so.

Even in India, the only phones we’ve seen from the Huawei group is the Honor 9X that wasn’t received well by critics for its lack of GMS.


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