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Huawei overtakes Apple, becomes 2nd biggest smartphone maker in the world

Huawei's been steadily gaining on Apple and Samsung Electronics Co with an increasingly high-end line-up of devices, particularly in its home market of China

Edwin Chan | Bloomberg 

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IDC reckons Huawei should cling to the No. 2 spot over the rest of 2019

Technologies Co. overtook Inc. to claim the No. 2 spot in smartphones in the first quarter, moving a step closer to its avowed ambition of displacing at the top of the market.

The networking giant, shrugging off a barrage of accusations that it aids Chinese espionage (which it’s repeatedly denied), grew shipments 50 percent from a year earlier, research firm IDC estimates. It was the only name in the top 4 that managed to expand volumes as the overall market slid for the sixth consecutive quarter.

Huawei’s been steadily gaining on and Electronics Co with an increasingly high-end line-up of devices, particularly in its home market of China. The iPhone maker this week projected quarterly sales that topped analysts’ estimates, suggesting demand for iPhones has stabilized after a disappointing holiday period. also enjoyed a spike compared with the fourth quarter thanks to the launch of the marquee S10 range in February. IDC reckons should cling to the No. 2 spot over the rest of 2019.

“The overall market continues to be challenged in almost all areas, yet was able to grow shipments by 50 percent,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. “This new ranking of Samsung, Huawei, and is very likely what we’ll see when 2019 is all said and done.”

First Published: Fri, May 03 2019. 11:21 IST
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