Huawei took a hard hit after the US ban, but to everyone’s surprise, the company managed to not only stay afloat, but also surpassed Samsung in smartphone shipments. The Chinese tech giant has harbored ambitions to overtake Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone maker for a while now and has finally managed to achieve its goal, that too, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to a recent report by Canalys, a global technology market analyst firm, Huawei has shipped 55.8 million devices in the second quarter (down 5% year-on-year). Meanwhile, Samsung shipped 53.7 million smartphones, facing a 30% plunge versus the same period last year. Currently, Huawei holds a 19% market share, and Samsung stands at the second position owning 17% of the market.
When it comes to Huawei toppling Samsung’s throne, a number of factors are at play here. The first and foremost is that Samsung has faced a temporary slowdown due to the pandemic. The company strongly relies on India, USA, Latin America, and Europe as its main markets. However, due to the closure of physical stores and the strong decline in smartphone demand, Samsung suffered a great deal.
At the same time, Huawei managed to keep damage at bay due to its sales in mainland China. The company sold 70% of its Smartphones in its home country. As far as the international shipments are concerned, Huawei saw a 27% year-on-year decline.
However, there’s a high chance the company will not retain its position as the top smartphone maker as the industry picks up its pace again since Huawei smartphones still don’t come with Google services.