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Huawei Q2 Shipments Pass Apple, Samsung Leads

Latest IDC numbers reveal Huawei’s Q2 smartphone shipments surpassed Apple – a whopping 54 million versus 41.3 million. Korean tech giant, Samsung, has retained its lead with 73 million Q2 shipments.

In published release, IDC claims it’s the first quarter since Q2Y10 where Apple has not been the first or second leading smartphone vendor, according to market share.

In terms of Q2 market share, Samsung notched 20.9%, Huawei a record-breaking 15.8%, Apple 12.1% followed by Xiaomi and Oppo.

The mammoth jump represents a 41% year-on-year increase in smartphone shipments for Huawei, which some commentators claim was driven by its ‘Honor’ range.

Canalys claims Huawei’s Honor family accounted for two thirds of its Q2 shipments. Around 4 million Honor handsets were reportedly shipped outside China.

As previously reported, Huawei is has set its sights on 200 million smartphone shipments by year end, despite facing an ongoing security saga. The Chinese-based company has continued to debunk allegations its products/services pose national secuity risks, whilst making a case for its inclusion in the local 5G build.

Announced today, Huawei is reportedly set to debut a 7-inch Honor Note 10 smartphone, with a 1080 x 2220 resolution AMOLED screen.

The similarity between the device’s name and Samsung’s Galaxy Note is said to reflect mounting rivalry between the two companies.

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