Canalys reported yesterday that Huawei managed to pass Samsung as the number one smartphone maker in the world in Q2 2020. Now, two more tracking firms have corroborated the change at the top.
Counterpoint Research has revealed its Q2 2020 results, noting that the Chinese brand shifted 54.8 million units during the quarter compared to Samsung’s 54.2 million. Both brands reportedly accounted for 20% global market-share as a result.
“Huawei was able to attain this feat due to a unique market scenario created because of COVID-19. China, Huawei’s largest market, is now recovering from the pandemic compared to other markets like Europe, LATAM, and North America,” the firm’s associate director Tarun Pathak noted, while saying China accounted for 71% of Huawei’s shipments.
Fellow research firm Omdia also confirmed the change in its Q2 2020 report, finding that Huawei shipped 55.8 million units in the quarter compared to Samsung’s 54.3 million figure.
Omdia joined the other firms in saying that Huawei was able to benefit from China’s COVID-19 recovery in contrast to Samsung. However, the tracking company also attributed the success to Huawei being able to “mitigate impacts on its international business” due to the US trade ban.
Huawei has eclipsed Samsung as the Huawei had briefly surpassed Samsung in April 2020.Canalys said that it’s the first time in nearly a decade that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led a quarterly global smartphone shipments list.
As companies struggle to maintain momentum during the pandemic, few have managed to weather the storm. While Huawei has seemingly struggled as much as its rivals on the global stage, it has been aided in a big way by growing strength in its local market. As China was among the first countries to largely recover from the pandemic’s effects, Huawei’s operations there kept the company buoyant.
How buoyant, you ask? Chinese shipments are now said to account for 72% of the company’s total shipments share, up from 61% in Q1 2020 and just over 50% a year prior. This helped to cushion Huawei’s international fall, which saw another 27% decrease in Q2 2020, the fifth successive quarter that the company has seen declining global shipments