Huawei Takes Over Samsung To Become The World's Biggest Smartphone Maker

Dhir Acharya - Jul 31, 2020


Huawei Takes Over Samsung To Become The World's Biggest Smartphone Maker

While Huawei is blacklisted from the US market and disconnected from Google apps and services, it is now the Number 1 smartphone marker in the world.

The competition among phone makers always comes down to some of the biggest names in the world, who have been fighting to win the top position in the global smartphone market. And guess who is the newest champion: Huawei.

The Chinese company now ranks as the largest smartphone maker on Earth, surpassing Samsung by shipping more units than its Korean rival and the other brands in the world. For the very first time in the past 9 years, there is a company other than Apple or Samsung that tops the marketplace. The new report comes from market analyst firm Canalys, covering the second quarter of 2020, from April to June. Samsung is now the second-largest phone maker in the world.

The newest top smartphone seller is Huawei
The newest top smartphone seller is Huawei

According to Ben Stanton, a Senior Analyst at Canalys, Huawei couldn’t have achieved this if it hadn’t been for the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has made the best out of China’s economic recovery to boost its smartphone business. Samsung has only less than 1% of the total market share in China while its key markets like India, Europe, the US, and Brazil have been the worst-hit countries by the coronavirus. India even undergoes two lockdowns since COVID-19 broke out.

Huawei is still struggling with the US ban and the lack of access to Google apps and services. However, the firm managed to ship 55.8 million smartphones, followed by Samsung with 53.7 million units in the second quarter.

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How long will this victory last?

It’s worth noting that its smartphone sales in foreign markets have experienced a 27% decline in the past quarter. That means Huawei has been focusing more on the domestic market, leading to the big hit.

However, Canalys analyst Mo Jia said that this success won’t likely maintain for a long time because the Chinese government can’t keep supporting Huawei once the world economy starts to recover when the pandemic is over.

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