Huawei overtakes Samsung to become the world’s No. 1 smartphone seller


Huawei overtakes Samsung to become the world’s No. 1 smartphone seller for the first time despite US sanctions

  • The Chinese firm shipped 55.8million devices in second quarter, analysts said
  • It is now the leader in the telecom industry after beating Samsung and Apple
  • Washington has barred Huawei from the US market while the UK is following suit
  • But the company has sold over 70 per cent of its handsets in its domestic market

China’s Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter on the back of strong domestic demand, an industry tracker has said.

The Chinese telecom giant, which has seen its overseas sales falling due to sanctions from Washington, shipped 55.8million devices in the period, according to analyst firm Canalys.

It beat South Korean firm Samsung after selling more than 20million more handsets than the former industry leader, statistics showed.

China’s tech giant, Huawei, has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter on the back of strong domestic demand 

The embattled firm, which is facing US sanctions and falling overseas sales, shipped 55.8 million devices - overtaking Samsung for the first time, which shifted 53.7 million units

The embattled firm, which is facing US sanctions and falling overseas sales, shipped 55.8 million devices – overtaking Samsung for the first time, which shifted 53.7 million units

The data marked the first time in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led the market, analysts from Canalys said on Thursday. 

Washington has essentially barred Huawei from the US market and waged a global campaign to isolate the company.

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

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. 

More than 70 per cent of Huawei smartphones are now sold in the country, Canalys stated. 

In comparison, Samsung, which shifted 53.7million globally in the second quarter, has a very small share of the Chinese market.

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

Overseas shipments, however, fell nearly a third in the second quarter and Canalys analyst Mo Jia warned that strength in China alone ‘will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover’.

More than 70 per cent of Huawei smartphones are now sold in the country, Canalys said. The file picture taken on July 16 shows Huawei's latest flagship store building in Shanghai

More than 70 per cent of Huawei smartphones are now sold in the country, Canalys said. The file picture taken on July 16 shows Huawei’s latest flagship store building in Shanghai

‘Its major channel partners in key regions, such as Europe, are increasingly wary of ranging Huawei devices, taking on fewer models, and bringing in new brands to reduce risk,’ Mo said.

Huawei – the world’s top producer of telecoms networking equipment – has become a pivotal issue in the geopolitical standoff between Beijing and Washington, which claims the firm poses a significant cybersecurity threat.

On Wednesday the US ambassador in Brasilia warned of ‘consequences’ if Brazil chooses Huawei for the project to develop the next generation of telecommunications technology in Latin America’s most populous country.

Australia and Japan have taken steps to block or restrict the Chinese company’s participation in their 5G rollouts, and European telecoms operators including Norway’s Telenor and Sweden’s Telia have passed over Huawei as a supplier.

The US has also requested the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on fraud charges, further damaging relations between China and Canada, where she is under house arrest.

Meng, the Chinese telecom giant’s chief financial officer, was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and has been fighting extradition ever since.

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