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Went past Samsung for the first time.

Huawei continues to deliver impressive hardware, but without Google services, a massive preponderance of sales is now in China. The company was still the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer in the second quarter, according to research agency.

Huawei continues to deliver impressive hardware, but without Google services, a massive preponderance of sales is now in China. The company was still the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer in the second quarter, according to research agency.

For the first time, Huawei delivered more smartphones in a quarter than Samsung, according to an estimate from the analysis agency

This is mainly due to the fact that Samsung has been hit harder by the corona pandemic than Huawei is. According to Canalys, Huawei delivered 55.8 million units in the second quarter, down five percent from the previous year. Samsung delivered 53.7 million phones, down 30 percent from the same quarter last year.

In the first quarter of the year, Samsung had a market share of 20 percent, while Huawei was second with 17 percent. Apple then followed with 14 percent, it was said in an overview from the analysis agency Counterpoint. They then predicted a bigger fall for Samsung in the second quarter. Several have also pointed out that it is likely that Huawei will be the largest in the second quarter.

More than two out of three are in China
72 percent of Huawei’s phones are now sold in China, according to Canalys. After the US banned Huawei from trading with US companies, they are no longer allowed to use Google’s services on new phones, which obviously makes them difficult to sell outside China.

Huawei has responded by establishing its own app store, an app store that has gradually begun to bring in a good number of large and important apps in Norway as well.

  • This is an astonishing result that very few had predicted a year ago. If it were not for covid-19, it would not have happened, says Canalys analyst Ben Stanton.
Huawei gikk forbi Samsung i andre kvartal. Det ventes likevel at Samsung vil hente seg kjapt inn igjen etter coronapandemien.
Huawei overtook Samsung in the second quarter. However, it is expected that Samsung will recover soon after the corona pandemic.

He points out that Huawei has taken advantage of China’s economic recovery to accelerate smartphone sales.

«Samsung has a very small presence in China, with less than one percent market share, and has seen its core markets, such as Brazil, India, the United States and Europe, be ravaged by outbreaks and subsequent shutdowns,» said Stanton.

Big profit for Samsung
Despite the fall in smartphone deliveries, Samsung today announced a solid second quarter. They recorded a profit after tax of around NOK 42 billion, partly helped by a one-time payment in the monitor department which is believed to be a compensation from Apple for having bought too few monitors. Solid demand for memory chips should also have contributed.

Samsung says it expects mobile deliveries to pick up in the third quarter, in part due to new flagship models – including a new foldable phone to be launched at the Unpacked event on August 5.