BREAKING: Huawei overtakes Samsung as top smartphone seller

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The latest data from industry tracker shows that the Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei has overtaken Samsung and the world’s largest smartphone seller.

According to data released by Canalys, shipping 55.8 million devices compared to Samsung’s 53.7 million, according to data from research firm Canalys.

While Huawei’s sales fell 5% from the same quarter a year earlier, South Korea’s Samsung posted a bigger drop of 30%, owing to disruption from the coronavirus in key markets such as Brazil, the United States and Europe, Canalys said.

Huawei’s overseas shipments fell 27% in Q2 from a year earlier, but the company increased its dominance of the China market which has been faster to recover from COVID-19 and where it now sells over 70% of its phones.

“Our business has demonstrated exceptional resilience in these difficult times,” a Huawei spokesman said. “Amidst a period of unprecedented global economic slowdown and challenges, we’re continued to grow and further our leadership position.”

The rise of Huawei to the number one position has been caused by the global pandemic which has affected the shipping and production lines of Samsung.

In the last one year, Huawei’s smartphones have gained much influence in China, its home market as well as other countries in South East Asia and parts of Africa.

Huawei who is the world’s largest supplier of telecoms equipment to many mobile carriers and countries has been under intense pressure from the US and the West after the company’s close links with Chinese government was seen as a red flag.

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