Huawei Overtakes Samsung As Top Smartphone Marketer In Q2
Canalys said the embattled firm, which faces US sanctions, shipped 55.8 million devices — For the first time overtaking Samsung, which shifted 53.7 million units. It said that the US sanctions had “stifled” Huawei’s business outside mainland China, but that it had begun to dominate its substantial domestic market.
China’s Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter, industry tracker Canalys said Thursday. He said the embattled firm, which faces US sanctions, shipped 55.8 million devices – For the first time overtaking Samsung, which has shifted 53.7 million units.
The research group said the US sanctions had “stifled” Huawei’s business outside mainland China, but that it had risen to dominate its substantial domestic market. More than 70% of its smartphones are now sold in the country, Canalys said.
Huawei said that it was a sign of “exceptional resilience.”
However, overseas shipments dropped nearly a third in the second quarter, and Canalys analyst Mo Jia suggested that strength in China alone “will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to improve.”
Huawei has a central issue in the geopolitical deadlock between Beijing and Washington, claiming the firm poses a significant cybersecurity threat.
The US has also asked the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on fraud charges, further damaging relations between China and Canada, where she is under house arrest.