Huawei rebounds to overtake Samsung as biggest global smartphone manufacturer

Huawei rebounds to overtake Samsung as biggest global smartphone manufacturer

Its shipments fell 30 percent year over year, opening the door for Huawei to grab the top spot.

According to the Canalys report, Huawei shipped 55.8m smartphones in Q2 of 2020, marking a 5pc decrease on the same period a year ago, while Samsung shipped 53.7m devices, marking a 30pc decrease.

That makes it the first time in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple led the quarter, the report says.

A Huawei spokesman said, "Our business has demonstrated exceptional resilience in these hard times", as per a report by Reuters. Its latest phones pack incredible cameras and gorgeous designs, and while they're on sale in a few Western markets, no one is realistically going to pay over $1,000 for phones that don't have access to the Play Store.

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However, Canalys Analyst Mo Jia said: "Taking first place is very important for Huawei".

'Huawei has taken full advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business. On the other hand, Samsung said in its second quarter results report that it expects to see more growth in the second half of this year as demand gradually recovers.

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"Huawei is aiming to be the go-to 5G brand in China".

Huawei shipped 55.8 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2020, down 5% on year, Canalys indicated. As a result, the Chinese company has a almost non-existent market share in the US.

The British government bowed to growing USA pressure and pledged earlier this month to remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, despite opposition from Beijing.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the United States opposed the use of Huawei products not on national security grounds, but because they objected to the rise of Chinese firms.

The growth in shipments comes as Huawei struggles to do worldwide business amid pressure from the United States. The U.S. restrictions on Huawei's business have had a significant impact on Huawei's global business, but the company is proving that it is dominating within mainland China.

It remains unclear how much of Huawei's second-quarter sales were driven by its 5G smartphones and high-end models that are most vulnerable to the restrictions, said Nicole Peng, vice president of Mobility at Canalys.

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