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Huawei rises in mobile sales while Apple and Samsung go backwards

Huawei is the only smartphone maker sitting pretty in the current global smartphone market. (Source: IDC)
Huawei is the only smartphone maker sitting pretty in the current global smartphone market. (Source: IDC)
While the overall smartphone market may be down, Huawei is bucking the industry trend by confirming its position as the number 2 smartphone maker in the world ahead of Apple. While both Apple and Samsung lost ground, Huawei enjoyed incredible year-over-year growth with a 50.3 percent increase in smartphone sales.

Huawei has been in the wars, particularly with a number of western governments ruling the company out of their 5G network builds. It has even had sales of its smartphones banned at US military bases leading the company to pull out of any effort to launch its smartphone brand in the US, the largest smartphone market in the world. Incredibly, however, despite this and a global smartphone market in decline, the Chinese company has posted an incredible 50.3 percent increase in sales over the same period last year according to the latest data from IDC.

Conversely, according to IDC, Apple’s tanked with a whopping year-over-year decline of 30.2 percent. Apple no longer breaks out unit sales figures for the iPhone, but IDC estimates that Apple may have sold as few as 36.4 million iPhones. This compares with Huawei, which shipped 59.1 million smartphones over the same period. Apple has been touting its services businesses lately which helped it to report a solid overall result for the same quarter.

Samsung, like Apple, has been struggling to shift as many smartphones as it has in the past. However, it is still the number one smartphone maker on the market with 71.9 million sales. This still represented a decline of 8.1 percent for the period. The company has been pushing some of its newest innovations down into the mid-range segment debuting features like triple cameras and pop-up selfie cameras in new models helping to stem the tide.

Of the remaining top five vendors in the global smartphone market include Xiaomi which experienced a decline of 10.2 percent with 25 million sales and Vivo, which along with Oppo, tied for fifth place with around 23.2 million sales a piece.

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IDC's estimate of global smartphone sales. (Source: IDC)
IDC's estimate of global smartphone sales. (Source: IDC)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-05- 1 (Update: 2019-05- 1)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.