Huawei takes Samsung’s crown to become world’s biggest phone-maker, analyst says – CNET

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Huawei shipped 55.8 million devices in the second quarter of 2020, according to Canalys.

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Huawei shipped more phones worldwide than anyone else in the second quarter, tech market analyst Canalys reported Thursday. It’s the first time in nine years that any company other than Samsung or Apple has been market leader, Canalys said.

The Chinese phone maker shipped 55.8 million devices, down 5% year over year, compared with Samsung’s 53.7 million smartphones, down a whopping 30%.

Much of the growth comes from mainland China, where Huawei 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 advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business,” Ben Stanton, a Canalys senior analyst, said in a release. “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.”

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

“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,” a spokesperson said.

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