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Huawei beats Samsung to become the #1 smartphone maker in the world

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For the first time ever, Huawei has become the biggest smartphone brand for a single quarter, surpassing Samsung. 

According to research firm Canalys, the Chinese giant shipped 55.8 million phones for the second quarter of 2020. While that’s a 5-percent year-on-year decrease, Huawei still bested Samsung and its 53.7 million smartphone shipment, a 30% year-on-year drop. Huawei first reached the top spot in April and have retained it since then.

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As to whether Huawei can remain on top, Canalys is doubtful. An estimated 72 percent of the company’s sales were from China. Sales from the rest of the world are taking a hit, with the trade ban, lack of Google services, and security concerns dissuading international users from getting a Huawei phone.

Per a statement to The Verge, Huawei attributes its success to the exceptional resilience of their business despite the ongoing pandemic and crippling global economy.

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