Huawei jumps ahead of Apple in tough smartphone market
China-based Huawei outsold Apple´s iPhones in the first quarter of this year, seizing the California company´s second-place spot in a tightening smartphone market dominated by Samsung, a tracker said.
A total of 310.8 million smartphones were shipped globally during the first three months of this year in a 6.6 percent decline from the same period in 2018, according to preliminary data from the Chinese-owned International Data Corporation.
It was the sixth consecutive quarter of decline for global smartphone shipments, the market tracker added.
IDC saw the results as a sign that 2019 will be another down year overall for smartphone shipments, apart from strong growth by Huawei.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that Huawei is laser-focused on growing its stature in the world of mobile devices, with smartphones being its lead horse,” said IDC mobile device program director Ryan Reith.
“The overall smartphone market continues to be challenged in almost all areas, yet Huawei was able to grow shipments by 50 percent.”
South Korean consumer electronics behemoth Samsung saw smartphone shipments drop 8.1 percent to 71.9 million in the first quarter.