Huawei ejects Samsung as top smartphone seller

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Huawei Technologies has become the biggest smartphone seller in the world after it overtook Samsung Electronics in the second quarter of 2020.

Huawei distributed 55.8 million devices, compared to Samsung’s 53.7 million, according to data from the research firm Canalys.

In a statement, a spokesperson said “Our business has demonstrated exceptional resilience in these difficult times. Amidst a period of unprecedented global economic slowdown and challenges, we’re continued to grow and further our leadership position.”

The company’s overseas shipments dropped 27% in Q2 from the previous year, but the company has improved its dominance of the Chinese market, which has been faster to recover from coronavirus and where it now sells over 70% of its handsets.

It is important to note that China accounts for two thirds of Huawei’s distribution of devices and that Samsung, who normally rely on huge shipments in the US and European markets, were affected by the global Covid-19 but will be set for a rebound once the  global economies start to recover.

It remains to be seen whether Huawei will be able to maintain their position on the top.

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