Huawei sold more smartphones for the first time than Samsung in the quarter

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For the first time, Huawei has been over Samsung globally in terms of smartphone sales, despite US bans and taking advantage of the pandemic. Analysts at Canalys say Huawei delivered 55.8 million smartphones between April and June 2020, when Samsung shut down 53.7 million units.

Both companies delivered less than in the same period last year. However, if Huawei fell by 5%, Samsung took it down by no less than 30 percent.

It is a situation decisively influenced by the Chinese market and the evolution of the pandemic, which may not accelerate in the coming quarters.

70% of Huawei’s sales came from China, a market that had already largely recovered in the second quarter. Samsung, on the other hand, has been affected by the pandemic situation in the rest of the world. The Korean manufacturer owns only 1% of the Chinese smartphone market.

When the market recovers in the rest of the world, Samsung will grow. Huawei, on the other hand, will have trouble selling smartphones outside of China without access to the Play Store and other Google services.

Samsung is optimistic about the third quarter when results are expected to improve due to the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 flagship next week.

Canalys’ analysis is partially in line with the one published by Counterpoint Research a month ago, which shows that April was the first time Huawei surpassed Samsung in smartphone sales.

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