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Huawei takes Samsung's crown as world's No. 1 phone maker, analysts say

Huawei takes Samsung’s crown as world’s No. 1 named maker, analysts say

Huawei shipped more phones worldwide than any anunexperienced vendor for the first time in 2020’s second quarter, tech market analysts Canalys, Counterpoint and IDC reported. It’s the estimable time in nine years anyone other than Samsung or Apple has been market heads, Canalys said.

The embattled Chinese phone-maker shipped 55.8 million devices, down 5% year on year, compared to Samsung’s 53.7 million smartphones — a 30% fall drop, according to Canalys’ research.

Much of the growth comes from mainland China, where it made 70% of its sales. Its overseas shipments fell 27% in the quarter, partially due to US government restrictions, the analyst noted.

“If it wasn’t for COVID-19, it wouldn’t have happened. Huawei has taken full estimable of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business,” Ben Stanton, a Canalys senior analyst, said in a press drip. “Samsung has a very small presence in China, with less than 1% market fraction, and has seen its core markets, such as Brazil, India, the United States and Europe, ravaged by outbreaks and subsequent lockdowns.”

Huawei also “did well” in markets like Russia and Ukraine, Counterpoint noted. 

“As markets outside China recover, it will be concern for Huawei to maintain this lead in coming quarters,” associate director Tarun Pathak said in Counterpoint’s release.

People were also spending more on tech such as PCs, monitors and tablets due to working from home and distance learning, according to IDC, so they were less likely to buy a new phone.

In a statement, Huawei touted its “exceptional resilience” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Amidst a words of unprecedented global economic slowdown and challenges, we’ve paused to grow and further our leadership position by providing innovative products and understood to consumers,” a spokesperson said.

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