Huawei overtook Samsung in global smartphone shipments for Q2

Andrew Cummings
July 31, 2020

Global smartphone shipments have been tanking this year as the world reacts to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Samsung still managed to take the second place spot with 53.7 million smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2020, but that's down 30-percent from the same period a year earlier.

Huawei said in a statement it was a sign of "exceptional resilience".

They have limited its access to chips and software including Google apps. This is most likely due to the dominance Huawei in the Chinese market, but that is largely irrelevant now.

The politically-fraught change requires companies to stop buying new 5G equipment from Huawei starting next year and strip out existing gear by the end of 2027. Meanwhile, Huawei now sells 70% of its smartphones in China, whose economic recovery has been relatively swift in recent months. "Samsung has a very small presence in China, with less than 1% market share, and has seen its core markets, such as Brazil, India, the United States and Europe, ravaged by outbreaks and subsequent lockdowns", said Canalys Senior Analyst Ben Stanton.

In addition to unveiling the new Galaxy Note and a foldable phone on 5 August at the Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung said it also plans to expand sales of mid-tier models.

Huawei maintained its spot as top dog and Apple saw the highest growth in China's smartphone market in the second quarter of 2020.

Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi posted second-quarter smartphone shipments of 14.8 million units, 14.5 million units and 9.3 million units, respectively. Smartphone makers dominant in other countries are still struggling as new virus cases continue to rise.

The British government bowed to growing U.S. pressure and pledged earlier this month to remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.

As for Huawei, the Chinese company has felt the heat of USA sanctions that have disrupted its business overseas.

While Huawei had to swallow a 5% year-on-year decline for shipments in the quarter, it has seemingly navigated the hard trading conditions more favourably than its rivals.

The growth in shipments comes as Huawei struggles to do global business amid pressure from the United States.

S&P Global Ratings said in a report on Wednesday the latest restrictions on Huawei could wipe out US$25 billion in revenue from several Asia-based firms.

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