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Huawei world's biggest smartphone seller

Huawei Displaces Samsung And Defies The US To Become World Biggest Smartphone Seller

Analyst firm, Canalys has released a report that places Huawei as the world’s biggest smartphone seller. The report states that Huawei has shipped more smartphones worldwide over a quarter than any other company for the first time ever.


According to the numbers, Huawei displaced Samsung by shipping more phones from the April to June period in 2020. The pandemic clearly impacted Samsung’s numbers, however, it did the same to Huawei too. Huawei’s numbers are down by 5 per cent year-on-year, while Samsung has a deficit of 30 per cent year-on-year.


Canalys says Huawei shipped 55.8 million smartphones while Samsung shipped a little less at 53.7 million. One contributing factor is that while more than 70 per cent of Huawei devices are now sold in China, a boost of 8 percent, Samsung doesn’t enjoy that luxury.


Huawei Samsung Smartphones

Canalys report showing Huawei’s smartphone shipments. Photo: Canalys.


The US trade sanctions on Huawei is still stifling its business outside of mainland China. The report says that its overseas shipment fell by 27 per cent in the second quarter of 2020.

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Many of the markets Samsung enjoys its dominance have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic while China is doing comparatively better. The country is reopening factories, continuing economic development with tight controls on new outbreaks.


Huawei Samsung Smartphones

A Canalys comparison of smartphone shipments between Samsung and Huawei. Photo: Canalys.


“This is a remarkable result that few people would have predicted a year ago. 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,” Canalys Senior Analyst Ben Stanton said.


Huawei will still find it hard to sell their devices to most consumers outside of China post-pandemic because they are blocked from using Google services. So that makes holding on to the number one spot ahead of Samsung a little uncertain.


Samsung also expects better sales in the next quarter of 2020 due to new flagship phone launches. However, Huawei seems to be doing very fine especially in China and for now, it is the world’s biggest smartphone seller.


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