Huawei leapfrogs Apple to become world's second largest smartphone vendor


For a very long time, Samsung and Apple have ruled the smartphone industry, not necessarily through innovation, but through the constant high number of smartphones sold each year. However, it looks like other brands are closing in to dethrone the two from their leadership positions.

A new report from Counterpoint Research shows that Huawei is now the second world's largest smartphone vendor in the world, having surpassed Apple thanks to strong June/July sales.


Even if the numbers mentioned in Counterpoint's research are accurate, it's hard to believe Huawei will be able to maintain its spot behind Samsung after Apple launches its new iPhone handsets later this fall.


On a side note, the same research indicates that Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were the best-selling smartphones for the month of July. Surprisingly, Samsung's Galaxy S8 is only fifth, as Oppo takes up spots number three and four with the R11 and A57 smartphones.

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1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Now, this is the chart we should be looking, not "samsung sold 2 billionth phone", who knows how many God damn models does samsung have? I can't even keep track of it. This shows perfectly how does the S8 compares to iPhone 7 in terms of sales.

5. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Comparing the S8 to iphone 7, when Samsung has to compete with other android brands (LG, SOny, Google, chinese brands)... how many iOS phones from another company are competing with Apple's iphone 7?

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Let me second that ^

40. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Models being sold is does not really tell the real picture. Everybody knows that there is thousands of Android models every year. Compared to a couple of iPhone's models every year. If Apple sold their iOS operating system to OEMs, then the iPhone seen would be totally different. iPhone's would have to significantly drop there current prices, especially when the current iPhone hardware is low spec. If the current iPhone 7 hardware was running Android, it wouldn't be able fetch more than $250 brand new. Low resolution HD (1334x750) display, cat 9 LTE, slow USB transfer speeds, only Bluetooth 4.2, no wireless or fast charging.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its like saying cars with diesel engines cant compete with cars with petrol engines on paper as they are kinda "different". They both aim to do same thing with different engines/fuels. Like iOS and Android phones. The only difference is Apple is always aiming to the premium or high end market unlike Android OEM's who most aim for all markets. The only thing you cant compare is a low end android phone with ios and ios doesn't have low end phone.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So why can't you compare low end smartphones to Apples? Wouldn't that be the definition of your sentence above? "They both aim to do same thing with different engines/fuels." A low end smartphone aims to do the same thing as a high-end smartphone, just with different hardware. I get your saying the high-end are differentiated by software but still using premium hardware, but the argument could be made that the different software can put each device at an advantage/disadvantage, the same as low-end hardware can vs high-end.

31. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

That like saying why can't you compare Toyota corolla to mercedes s550, uh...... They both are aim to transport people from one place to another but we all know what's the difference, lol

51. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 10. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1617; Member since: 30 Jul 2013) Its like saying cars with diesel engines cant compete with cars with petrol engines on paper as they are kinda "different". They both aim to do same thing with different engines/fuels. Like iOS and Android phones. The only difference is Apple is always aiming to the premium or high end market unlike Android OEM's who most aim for all markets. The only thing you cant compare is a low end android phone with ios and ios doesn't have low end phone. ============================ ur analogy stinks bro LOL lets do it this way bro ok? how many diesal vehicles are sold and how many petrolium vehicles are sold? in this example, ios would be deisel and petrolium is android...there are more petrolium vehicles sold to consumers worldwide than there are deisel vehicles... also, low and mid range android phones take away sales from high end smartphones...same would hold true for apple if they did sell low and mid range iphones, which would take away sales from their regular yearly two high end smartphones...only an idiot or an iphonie cannot comprehend this...its so common sense that its so ridiculous LOL

32. mrochester

Posts: 1000; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Apple competes with all the same manufacturers that Samsung competes with.

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No they do not. Because all Android models dont compete with the iPhone. Samsung pitted the Galaxy S to be the iPhone competitor. The iPhone doesn't compete against the Note, or A, J, and whatever other Samsung phones, even though is you use specs, the iPhone doesn't even touch the S at all. Apple markets themselves as a "premium" brand. Thus they don't compete against every possible product category.

52. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 32. mrochester (Posts: 675; Member since: 17 Aug 2014) Apple competes with all the same manufacturers that Samsung competes with. ===================================== no, apple does not compete with android oems that samsung competes with...iphonies buy iphone because they were already an apple fan...and iphonies buy iphones for the ecosystem...no other way around it my friend LOL do you really believe apple would be selling the same numbers if there were 100's of other ios smartphones from dozens and dozens of ios oems? only in your iphonie dream bro LOL ffs, there is only two iphones out a year vs 100's of androids...why do these iphonies cannot comprehend this?

54. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

If Apple lets other phone makers implement iOS, Apple will disappear from this planet.

12. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Samsung really don't have as many model and people think. For current phones you got the Note, S series, J series then you got carriers who get their own versions of the same phones sometimes with different names, just like they do with TV's.

53. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 12. bobby84 (Posts: 487; Member since: 13 May 2016) Samsung really don't have as many model and people think. For current phones you got the Note, S series, J series then you got carriers who get their own versions of the same phones sometimes with different names, just like they do with TV's. =============================== but u must understand that the S series has the regular S and then the Plus...with the J series they have the Pro and Prime, etc...and then you have to take into consideration what they sell as international (not including the US), and models sold to the U.S, and then ofcourse the models that is exclusively sold only in korea.

41. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 919; Member since: May 07, 2014

hmm okay...So, Android is 4 times better than the iOS..

49. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 1. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1067; Member since: 24 Dec 2011) Now, this is the chart we should be looking, not "samsung sold 2 billionth phone", who knows how many God damn models does samsung have? I can't even keep track of it. This shows perfectly how does the S8 compares to iPhone 7 in terms of sales. ============================= apple shouldnt be compared to android sales because total worldwide sales are spread amongst dozens of dozens of android oems...whereas apple is the only one selling ios smartphones. when apple only throws out two iphones a year, its a no brainer that one of its two iphones will be the most sold phone...throw in dozens and dozens of ios oems, do you really believe apple will be selling the same kind of numbers...only in iphonies dreams LOL

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Ok.....so the s8+ sold close to iPhone 6, former was released this year March and the later was releases almost 3 years ago....how the hell is iphone 6 still selling almost as well as the s8+????? I thought the iPhone sale slowed down because of the new iPhone release

8. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

iPhones break all the time so people have to keep upgrading or switch carriers so they have no choice. Because God forgive they buy anything other than iPhone.

19. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

My Iphone 4 from 6 years ago is still used on a day-to-day basis by my dad. On the other hand, my Galaxy S3 that I bought two years after the Iphone 4 was dead in two years.

25. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Any phone can mess up an any phone can last. I still have a HTC hero alive and kicking with the same battery. No physical or water damage. I last used it to compare it to the note7 what you say is true, however I do see people with iPhones who crack their screen and upgrade, use someone else upgrade on the account to get a new iPhone, lose their iphones, have it stolen, get drunk and break it, has performance issues, battery issues, speaker issues, charging issues and I work for the phone industry and I see iphone users in one case buy four iphones in one year, cause she broke hers 4 times. I know these can happen to any phone brand but iPhone if you want iphone you have no choice. I know a guy who talked about how much he hated his iPhone 6 plus, but still bought a new iPhone 7.

33. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Do you represent all iphone users?

35. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1568; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Every single Samsung phone and tablet I've bought since 2012 is still working minus a Note 2 that got water damage. S3 I bought a little over 5 years ago is my friends daily phone right now.

15. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

due to the release of a relatively cheap "for apple standards" 32 gb version of the iP6 which is quite popular for people who are a bit low on budget and want an iPhone

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhone 6 with 32 GB of storage only came out this year. Apple re-released the iPhone 6 with 32 GB instead of the 16 gb of storage that it originally launched with. Because 16 gb sucks, and with iOS 11 going to be released soon 16 gb is definitely not enough storage. Plus the iPhone 6 will not support Apple's ARkit which also arrives with iOS 11. To sum it up the iPhone 6 is definitely not worth it.

50. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

it is worth it for those who are light iPhone users who know nothing about the ARKit

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4220; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Where's the 6s? Why does the 6 outsell the 6s?

45. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 919; Member since: May 07, 2014

May be because they look the same... People buy carry iPhones as a status symbol, they buy iPhone 6 and show it off as iPhone 6s...

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The iPhone 6 is still selling that well? Odd. It is definitely what most of us would consider "outdated".

42. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 919; Member since: May 07, 2014

iPhone 6 is competing with the mid range Android phones..

4. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Huawei also ships $50, $80 and $110 smartphones while Apple only ships their latest flagship which usually costs between $750 and $1,000 .. How can you say that Hawawa or Huawei is going to surpass Apple ??? when you sell a phone with a profit margin of $10 is not comparable with somebody who sells phone with a profit margin of at least $500 in each handset !!

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