28 July 2020
Huawei's long-term dream has been to become the smartphone vendor that ships the most number of units around the globe. It has been a regular member of the top-three club but for the first time, it has now managed to grab the top spot. As per the new Canalys report, Huawei has emerged as the world's biggest smartphone maker in terms of shipments during Q2 2020.
The data reveals that Huawei shipped 55.8 million smartphones globally in the last quarter. Even though it is a decline of 5% on a YoY basis, the numbers were sufficient to surpass Samsung's 53.7 million units. This is said to be the first occurrence in the past nine years that neither Samsung nor Apple is at the top. It is undoubtedly a remarkable achievement for the Chinese OEM but the global COVID-19 pandemic is said to have played an important role in it.
Samsung is one of the worst affected OEMs due to the pandemic that has slowed down supply chains. It registered a massive decline of 30% when compared to Q2 2019. It is true that Huawei has been at the receiving end of bans from the U.S. government that has made it hard for the company to sell phones around the globe. But in the meantime, it focused on its home market of China where its dominance has only grown in recent times. It is said to be holding a huge 70% of the Chinese smartphone market.
There is no doubt that reaching the top spot is an effort worth appreciating but the actual battle for Huawei starts now. It will be interesting to see for how long it will be able to maintain its first ranking. Samsung will also increase its efforts in reclaiming the top spot that it has lost one of its rivals.