Chinese company Huawei became the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones in April 2020. This was the subject of Counterpoint Research.
Vice-President of Counterpoint Reserch Neil Shah told the Gizmochina magazine that Huawei in April led the ranking of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. The Chinese company took 19% of the market. Moreover, for the first time, Huawei was able to overtake its main competitor South Korean company Samsung, whose share was 17%.
The record result of Huawei is associated with the company’s great popularity in the native Chinese market. In addition, the company also played into the hands of the coronavirus pandemic in the world, which had a negative impact on sales of Samsung smartphones in India, the US, Latin America, and some European countries. It can also be assumed that increased sales were helped by the announced in March new flagship product line P40, which became one of the best camera phones on the market. For example, Huawei P40 Pro topped the popular DxOMark rating.
Due to quarantine measures in many countries, the demand for smartphones has fallen dramatically. However, in China, where the Coronavirus Pandemic was first, the economy began to recover in spring.
It is noted that the growth of Huawei sales was observed only in China, in other countries the sales are falling. This is due to the fact that new Huawei smartphones do not have Google services, which are unpopular in China but are needed by users from other countries.
Recall that due to sanctions from the U.S., Huawei has lost the opportunity to cooperate with U.S. companies, including Google. American authorities suspect Huawei of spying on the Chinese government.
Experts believe that Huawei’s leadership in the market will be short-term and will last for several more months.