Chinese technology conglomerate Huawei has surpassed Cupertino-based giant Apple to become the second largest smartphone seller worldwide in the first quarter of 2019 as Samsung continued to be the global leader, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
As per IDC, Huawei moved its way into a clear number two spot as the only smartphone vendor at the top of the market that saw volumes grow during the first quarter. The company had year-over-year growth of 50.3 percent in the first quarter with volumes of 59.1 million units and 19 percent market share.
Samsung saw volumes drop 8.1 percent in the first quarter with shipments of 71.9 million and 23.1 percent market share. While Apple had a challenging first quarter as shipments dropped to 36.4 million units representing a staggering 30.2 percent decline from last year.
“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,” Ryan Reith, Program Vice President with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, said in a statement.
“The overall smartphone market continues to be challenged in almost all areas, yet Huawei was able to grow shipments by 50 percent, not only signifying a clear number two in terms of market share but also closing the gap on the market leader Samsung. This new ranking of Samsung, Huawei, and Apple is very likely what we’ll see when 2019 is all said and done,” Reith added.
The report said that the challenges within the smartphone market carried right into the first quarter of 2019 with shipment volumes down 6.6 percent year over year. Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 310.8 million units in 1Q19, which marked the sixth consecutive quarter of decline.
Xiaomi also experienced a decline in the first quarter with volumes of 25.0 million, which was down 10.2 percent year over year. Vivo returned to the top five of the smartphone market with volumes of 23.2 million and a market share of 7.5 percent, tying it with Oppo for the number fifth position.