Huawei overtakes Samsung with most smartphones shipped in Q2

Ruben Fields
July 30, 2020

The Chinese tech company shipped 55.8 million devices during April, May and June, overtaking Samsung, its closest rival.

South Korean tech giant Samsung released its latest earnings report, showing an increase in profits for the second quarter of 2020, despite disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We can not forget that Huawei still suffers from the U.S sanctions. Ever since the ban last year ordered by President Trump last year, Huawei sales were clearly getting affected. The beneficiary, however, happened to be Samsung all this time as it continued to report impressive sale figures. The U.S. restrictions on Huawei's business have had a significant impact on Huawei's global business, but the company is proving that it is dominating within mainland China.

Huawei now sells almost two-thirds of its handsets in China, which took an early hit from the coronavirus pandemic but has since reclaimed ground as new cases have dwindled.

Yesterday the USA ambassador in Brasilia warned of "consequences" if Brazil chooses Huawei for the project to develop the next generation of telecommunications technology in Latin America's most populous country.

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That is not to say that Samsung should be sad over this news. According to Canalys, Huawei is the world's most popular smartphone manufacturer.

"Strength in China alone will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover", Canalys analyst Mo Jia said.

Samsung said that as Covid-19 spread and caused closures and slowdowns at stores and production sites, the firm responded to these challenges through its "extensive global supply chain" to minimise the impact of the pandemic.

But Huawei still took the title thanks to robust sales in its home market, where demand has recovered faster than elsewhere. And if Apple's 5G-enabled iPhone sells as well as the iPhone 11 lineup, Apple could become the market leader for 5G phones, according to Strategy Analytics. We will just have to see how both firms compete in the third quarter of the year.

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