Huawei overtakes Samsung to become the world’s most prolific smartphone producer in Q2 2020

Huawei shipped over 55 million smartphone handset units in Q2 2020

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Chinese tech giant, Huawei, has overhauled its South Korean rival, Samsung, to become the biggest producer of smartphone handsets in the world.

Huawei shipped 55.8 million devices in the second quarter of 2020, eclipsing Samsung’s 53.7 million, according to data published by research firm Canalys.

“Our business has demonstrated exceptional resilience in these difficult times,” a Huawei spokesman told reporters from Reuters.

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Huawei has faced a torrid few months, with the UK government finally succumbing to US pressure to ban Huawei from its 5G eco system by 2027. But where Huawei has encountered headwinds in international markets, its handset sales in the enormous Chinese market have skyrocketed.

While Huawei’s overseas shipments fell by around 27 per cent, from April – June 2020, its domestic sales in China rose by 8 per cent.

The global Covid 19 pandemic has played a clear role in stunting smartphone handset sales in 2020, but Huawei appears to have weathered the storm better than its competitors.

Huawei’s smartphone handset sales actually fell by around 5 per cent on a year on year basis, but sales at Samsung plunged by more than 30 per cent compared to 2019.

While analysts expect a strong resurgence from Huawei’s competitors as they emerge from the global Covid 19 pandemic, for now at least, Huawei has the honour of being both the world’s largest supplier of 5G network equipment, and the world’s biggest supplier of smartphone handsets.

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