Apple will likely beat Huawei to regain second place in global smartphone sales soon

Apple will likely beat Huawei to regain second place in global smartphone sales soon
Huawei surpassed Apple in global smartphone shipments for the first time during 2018's second quarter, and even though the Cupertino-based tech giant was ranked second overall among the world's top vendors at the end of the year, the makers of the premium Mate 20 duo and many impressive mid-rangers under its own name and the Honor brand began 2019 on a very high note.

Instead of wondering whether or not Apple could ever regain its industry silver medal placement, market researchers and analysts started looking more and more seriously at Huawei's chances of overtaking Samsung as well to become the number one smartphone vendor of the world. But then President Trump's trade war with China escalated, and all of a sudden, Huawei's very survival was threatened.

While the company will probably be able to sustain itself on domestic sales of spectacular handsets like the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, that's obviously not going to be enough to maintain its remarkable global growth trajectory. According to Digitimes, Apple is thus "likely to outrace Huawei to recapture second place in the global smartphone vendor ranking" by the end of the year.

Specifically, analysts at the Taiwan-based daily newspaper expect Apple to rank second in worldwide smartphone sales between October and December, which probably also means Huawei will cling on to this position when the Q3 2019 reports are released. Keep in mind that Apple actually managed to beat Huawei during Q4 2018 as well, but the latter had a massive advantage over the former in all Q2 2019 rankings published by the likes of Canalys, Strategy Analytics, and Counterpoint Research.

The gap between the two reached as much as 25 million units in IDC''s April - June estimates, but given the hit Huawei is expected to take in most Western markets and the early popularity of Apple's iPhone 11 lineup, it shouldn't come as a surprise if the gap is indeed closed this holiday season.

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17 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1529; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Winning by default. Hahahahaha.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Facts lmao.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apparently Trumped up bans are effective.

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

At the end of it all Huawei will be number one. Just a matter of time.

4. shafayatsohail

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

Aladdin style

6. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Sgodsell must be really sad about the recent news from samsung having a bad quarter to apple’s best selling iphones

7. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How does that affect you?

13. mackan84

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I think that someone’s opinions and feelings here in the comments matters more then a billion dollar company making more billions...

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Samsung is the one that benefits the most on a ban on Huawei, that's a fact. Samsung's dirty backdoor deals with Google too are what prompted Google to suspend Google services to Huawei. Disgusting. #justindenisonheadphonejack

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Except it was Trump that forced Google's hand, by blacklisting Huawei on bogus national security reasons. So unless Samsung paid off Trump to make that happen, which with Trump you can never rule out, I think Samsung is in the clear of any wrongdoing when it comes to Huawei's predicament.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

its apple-rulz, hes gonna say crazy things like that no matter what

10. midan

Posts: 3011; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Apple definitely deserve this after those Amazing new iPhones

11. whatev

Posts: 2332; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The king of the premium market deserves this :)

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

While this will most likely be the case due to the U.S. ban (it would not happen if there were no ban), the sales of the Mate30/Mate 30 Pro have been phenomenal thus far, and this is only in China. One million sold in 3 hours: https://pocketnow.com/huawei-we-have-sold-over-one-million-mate-30-smartphones

16. midan

Posts: 3011; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"While this will most likely be the case due to the U.S. ban (it would not happen if there were no ban" It would still happen. Apple sells a lot of iPhones in end of the year, they might even pass Samsung sales.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

NO, it wouldn't still happen. Huawei already is ahead of Apple, and without the ban, the lead would only increase, despite the appeal of Apples new iPhones. Huawei sells more smartphones worldwide than Apple. And since Huawei does, it's wishful thinking to say that Apple would sell more than Samsung by the end of the year and they sell more than even Huawei.

17. N3bula

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 04, 2019

Following the ban, it's only logical

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