Huawei has long been ranked second or third on the list of smartphone makers, but for the first time in at least a month, it has overtaken Samsung to become the number one smartphone maker.
Yes, US sanctions have affected sales of Huawei’s phones in some regions, but surprisingly, the Chinese company surpassed Samsung for the first time in April 2020 to become the world’s leading mobile phone company. It can only be described as amazing.
According to a report released by Counterpoint Research, Huawei was the world’s number one company with a market share of 19% in April, compared to Samsung’s market share of 17%.
Huawei’s historic breakthrough was made possible by China, where local company devices have been preferred since US sanctions.
In China, the company has significantly increased its market share over the past few months, while in April, the Corona virus outbreak in various countries led to main lockdowns and economic downturns in various parts of India, the US, Latin America and Europe. Sales of Samsung phones were badly affected.
As a result of severe lockdowns, smartphone demand in many countries has reached almost zero, while China has been working on economic recovery since March 2020 after overcoming the Corona virus epidemic, making it the most important for Huawei. The market is open.
Lack of Google services has led to a decline in sales of Huawei’s new phones outside of China.
It is difficult to say how long Huawei’s success will last, as global pandemic restrictions are easing and Samsung’s sales are expected to rise again.
Remember that 2019 was a good year for Huawei and it maintained its second position globally despite US sanctions.
It should be noted that the smartphone market has suffered the worst decline in history during the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the epidemic of Novel Corona virus.
According to Gartner, a company that monitors device sales, sales of smartphones fell 20.2 percent in January-March compared to the same period last year.
The report said that the Corona virus epidemic, which started in December, affected the manufacture and sales of devices of several companies in China and then the virus spread around the world and succeeded in affecting the sales of smartphones.
Samsung sold the most phones in the first quarter of this year, with more than 55 million and a market share of 18.5 percent, but the South Korean company lost 22.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
Huawei also came in second with 14.2% share, selling more than 42 million phones, but lost 27.3% during the quarter.
Along with the Corona virus epidemic, the Chinese company also experienced the biggest decline in phone sales as a result of US sanctions.
Apple is third with 13.7% and sold more than 40 million iPhones, but device sales fell 8.2% during the quarter.