How’s that for a plot twist? Despite the well-documented struggles in the western markets, Huawei has managed to get to the top of the COVID be affected in Q2 by 2020 the smartphone market. According to Canalys, Huawei shipped 55.8 million of the phones by Samsung, with 53.7 million.
Huawei has managed to prolong the dominance of the existing restore in the Chinese market, and now accounts for more than 70% of all incoming calls to the mainland of China. In the meantime, Samsung’s most important markets have been affected by the pandemic, and its sales were down 30% year on year.
Ben Stanton, Senior Analyst at Canalys, said, “if it were not for the COVID-19, this would not have happened”. The Samsung has a less than 1% of the market share in China, where sales recovered, while the outbreak has plagued the core markets, such as Brazil, India, the united states and Europe.
It is, of course, have a unique set of circumstances, and it’s going to be hard for Huawei to maintain its lead in the long term, as well as the international markets start to bounce back.
Canalys believes that other Chinese manufacturers are able to make use of the situation to their advantage and to expand its presence in the international markets. This will also help them to make up the ground they’ve lost to Huawei in China.