According to a new report from market research firm Catalys, Huawei overtook Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer in Q2 2020. Previously, another report from Counterpoint Research also said that Huawei had temporarily surpassing Samsung in April 2020.
Overcoming both Samsung and Apple, Huawei shipped 55.8 million smartphones this quarter, though still down 5% from 2019. Meanwhile, Samsung’s shipments were only 53.7 million, down 30. % compared with the same period last year.
For the first time in 9 years, Huawei beat Samsung in smartphone production.
The Canalys report further emphasizes that this is the first time in nearly a decade that another company, apart from Samsung and Apple, has taken the lead in the world in smartphone shipments.
As companies are struggling to maintain growth momentum during a pandemic, only a few companies survive the storm. Although Huawei is having a hard time competing with rivals in the international market, it seems that it is having many advantages when supported by the domestic market. With China being one of the first countries to recover from the aftermath of the pandemic, this place became a driving force for the company’s growth.
Below are figures showing how important the domestic market is for Huawei.
Currently, China accounts for 72% of Huawei’s smartphone shipments. Meanwhile, in Q1 2020, this figure is only 61%. Growth in the Chinese market has helped Huawei offset some of the 27% decline in the international market. But without the Covid-19 pandemic, this would be unlikely.
Ben Stanton, senior analyst at Canalys said: “This is an amazing result that few could have predicted a year ago. Without Covid-19, this would not have happened. ”
Therefore, it is unclear whether Huawei’s position can be maintained in the post-pandemic period. While more and more countries are beginning to recover from the aftermath of the pandemic, trade bans from the US government will continue to impact their business performance globally.
Refer to Android Authority