Huawei Ships More Smartphones Than Apple, Samsung For The First Time

Saturday, 01 Aug, 2020

Meanwhile, the IDC reported showed that US tech juggernaut Apple Inc. ranked third with a 13.5 percent market share after shipping 37.6 million smartphones in the second quarter, up 11.2 percent from a year ago. This is mainly because of the lockdown imposed by the Indian government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Realme's shipments declined 7.3 percent YoY, to 4.2 million units from 4.5 million units past year.

The report from Counterpoint claims that for the month of June, it registered just 0.3 percent YoY decline, thanks to the increased smartphone demands and aggressive push from the manufacturers in India.

However, the Chinese company's rise to No. 1 wasn't necessarily due to a snazzy new product or feature.

Overseas sales for Huawei are estimated to have gone down by 27 percent with the Canalys report noting that 70 percent of Huawei's sales are actually in China.

Samsung said it expects smartphone demand to pick up in the second half of the year. With a 41% market share, Huawei is head and shoulders above the rest of the competition, with Vivo occupying second place with a share of 17% and OPPO in third with a 15% share. In Huawei's case, the company's smartphone shipments were actually down year over year by 5 percent. Its second-quarter shipments declined 29% on the year.

In a conference call Thursday, Samsung said it sold 57 million units of handsets in the April-June period, with smartphones accounting for around 95 percent of the total. "Instead we can put more energy on the global market".

This was a 62% year-on-year and 225% quarter-on-quarter growth for Apple, and made it the fastest growing smartphone maker in the country. For OEMs like Realme, vivo and Xiaomi, which focus on this market, the pandemic and governmental issues contribute to a hard second quarter of 2020. Apple moved more than 500 million yuan ($72 million) of devices in a single day during JD's "6.18" shopping marathon, the Chinese company said. "As a result, it is important for the Chinese company to maintain good relations with Qualcomm so as to reduce future risks", Jia said.

Motorola had another quarter of 10.8 percent YoY shipment decline.

China's Xiaomi came fourth by shipments, with a 10% share of the market. In the second quarter of 2020, Motorola shipped 7.4 million units compared to 8.3 million units in the second quarter of 2019.