For the first time in a long time? NO! For the first time, Huawei has shipped more smartphones worldwide from over a quarter than any other company. Huawei had long ambitions of overtaking Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone seller and that is what exactly happened during the period of April-July this year.
Well, this doesn’t mean that Huawei is here to stay in this position as the results are influenced by the ongoing pandemic. Through one analysis, we can jot that a figure of 55.8 million Huawei smartphones shipped is down by 5 percent year-on-year, while Samsung slid 30 percent to 53.7 million.
More than 70 percent of Huawei’s devices are being sold in China, which presumably hasn’t been hit as hard by c*vid as many other Samsung’s major markets. Meanwhile, Samsung is a tiny player in China.
Whilst all this, Huawei’s statement says this: “Our business has demonstrated exceptional resilience in these difficult times, amidst a period of unprecedented global economic slowdown and challenges, we’ve continued to grow and further our leadership position by providing innovative products and experience to consumers.”
On the contrary, some people say that it wouldn’t have happened if c*vid hadn’t come in to play and Huawei has taken advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business.
Along with their impressive hardware, Huawei phones are now a hard sell to most consumers outside China being blocked from using Google services. Also, it’s difficult to see the company stay at the number-1 spot once this global smartphone demand gets recovered.
Samsung stated that they expect better sales in the coming quarter due to new flagship phone launches. On the other hand, Huawei’s continued strength in China clearly shows that external pressures aren’t yet posing an existential threat to its consumer business and at the very least, not at home!