Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Huawei may become world’s biggest smartphone vendor by next year

Huawei may become world’s biggest smartphone vendor by next year

According to IHS and Strategy Analytics, Huawei grabbed more than 15 percent of the global smartphone market over April-June, overtaking Apple's roughly 12 percent and just behind Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's almost 20 percent share.

Worldwide tablet sales saw a significant decline in the second quarter of 2018, though Apple and Huawei managed to buck the trend and grow their shipments on a year-over-year basis.

IHS Markit, Counterpoint, and Canalys have all reported that Huawei toppled Apple to take the second spot in the second quarter of 2018, ended June 30.

Huawei's consumer division, which houses its smartphones business, accounted for roughly a third of it its total revenue past year. Windows slate shipments also decreased by 2 percent to 5.8 million units in Q2, down from 5.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

According to IDC, the global tablet market fell 13.5 percent in Q2 2018, falling to 33 million.

This would be well above Samsung's current 20.9 percent market share and that of Apple at 12.1 percent.

The estimated rise in market share comes as a slowdown in the world's biggest smartphone market, China, eased. "Moving forward, Huawei will remain focused on continually improving our offerings with an emphasis on on-device AI, cloud and the wider Huawei ecosystem". Huawei's tablet success was down to their ability to ship large quantities (3.4 million tablets) to countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Apple remained the top tablet vendor by a large margin and was one of only two firms to experience a shipment increase-if only by 100,000 units.

"The detachable market is at a crucial stage as it has been driven primarily by premium products from Microsoft and Apple and growth has slowed in recent months", says IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani. The executives said that Huawei might become the top smartphone maker in the world in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The drop marked the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines in the global smartphone shipments, according to IDC. However, the Chinese company has another achievement it can be proud of - it's apparently the company that is selling more notched smartphones than anyone else.

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