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Smartphones: Chinese Huawei passes Apple in the second quarter (study)

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has sold more smartphones than Apple in the second quarter, taking it to the second place of the podium, in a market very breathless still dominated by the South Korean Samsung, according to a study of the specialized firm IDC published Tuesday.

Samsung sold 71.5 million phones between April and June, a market share of 20.9%, followed by Huawei with 54.2 million units sold and a market share of 15, 8%, now ahead of Apple and its 41.3 million iPhone sold, for a market share of 12.1%, according to the calculations of International Data Corporation.

According to IDC the first time since the second quarter of 2010 that Apple is not number one or two in terms of market share. And this is the first time that Huawei has surpassed Apple.

"Huawei's continued growth is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to enter markets where, up to 'recently, the brand was largely unknown,' commented analyst Ryan Reith, quoted in IDC's statement as presenting these figures.

The global market, by contrast, fell 1.8% in the second quarter compared to the same period last year with 342 million units sold, according to preliminary figures collected by IDC.

"Market saturation" or "average selling prices continue to weaken growth of the market ", according to IDC analyst Anthony Scarsella

These rising selling prices allow larger sellers to more than offset stagnant sales. Apple has sold just 1% more iPhone this quarter but has earned a turnover up 20%, thanks to the very high-end model, the iPhone X, whose price starts near $ 1,000 in the United States, according to figures published by the firm at Apple Tuesday.

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