Huawei repeated during the second quarter of 2018 something it had already done in a time of the middle of last year: to pass Apple and become the second largest manufacturer of smartphones on the planet. The new feat has been reported by at least three market analysis companies – IDC, Strategy Analytics and Canalys.
According to IDC, Huawei sent 54.2 million units to stores during the second quarter of this year, 40.9% higher than the 38.5 million in the same period last year. As a result, the market share of the company rose from 11% to 15.8% and surpassed Apple, which jumped from 11.8% to 12.1% in the comparison between 2017 and 2018.
The sales estimates for the period are the same according to the analysis of the other two companies, which shows a robust growth of the Chinese manufacturer. The current numbers are fine preparations for 2019, when Huawei expects to finally pass Apple and consolidate in second place.
Other highlights of the ratings are the reduction of the market share of the Samsung leader, currently 20.9% (down 10.8%), and substantial growth of the fourth place Xiaomi, currently with 9.3% market share (+ 48.8%). Oppo completes the top five ranking with a slice of 8.6% (+ 5.1% vs. 2017) numbers from IDC and always compared to the second quarter of 2017.
According to IDC, Huawei’s performance is especially due to its leadership in China, where it owns 27% of sales. The analyst also quotes the commercial success of the Huawei P20 in the price range of $600 to $800. In a press release, the Chinese manufacturer agrees and cites its new flagship as one of its main made in the year.