Huawei has battled past sanctions and the withdrawal of Android support to climb to the top of the global smartphone market in Q2. The China smartphone maker shipped 55.8 million units, edging past Samsung which had 53.7 million devices, according to Canalys
Hitting the summit was due to the Korea smartphone maker falling 30 percent in shipment compared to the corresonding quarter last year. Huawei fell too by five percent but still managed to move to the top spot.
With US government restrictiions, Huawei relied on the domestic market, which accounted for 70 percent of shipment.
“This is a remarkable result that few people would have predicted a year ago. If it wasn’t for COVID-19, it wouldn’t have happened. Huawei has taken full advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business,” said said Ben Stanton, Senior Analyst of Canalys.
“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 US, and Europe, ravaged by outbreaks and subsequent lockdowns,” he added.