For the first time, Huawei has shipped more than a quarter of smartphones worldwide compared to any other company, according to a new report by analyst firm Canalys. Huawei has long overcome ambitions to overtake Samsung as the world’s largest smartphone vendor, and going by the number of canals, this is exactly what happened during the April-June period of this year.
This does not mean that Huawei will remain in the top position for long, as the results were clearly affected by the ongoing epidemic. Huawei’s canal figure of 55.8 million smartphones is actually down 5 percent year-over-year, while Samsung slipped 30 percent to 53.7 million. More than 70 percent of Huawei’s devices are now sold in China, which are not as tough in many of Samsung’s major markets as COVID-19. Meanwhile, Samsung is a small player in China.
“Our business has demonstrated exceptional resilience in these difficult times,” Huawei said in a statement. The ledge. “Amidst the unprecedented global economic downturn and challenges, we have continued to advance our leadership position by providing consumers with innovative products and experiences.”
“It’s a notable result that some people would have predicted a year earlier,” Canalys senior analyst Ben Stanton says. “Had it not been for COVID-19, it would not have happened. Huawei has taken full advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to restructure its smartphone business. “
Despite the impressive hardware, the Huawei phone is now a tough sell for most consumers outside of China because they are blocked from using Google services. It is difficult for the company to stay at the No.1 position when global smartphone demand recovers; Samsung said that it expects that it will have better sales in the next quarter due to the launch of the new flagship phone. But Huawei’s continued strength in China suggests that external pressures are not yet posing a potential threat to its consumer businesses – at least not at home.