Thanks to the recovery of china, Huawei would have been the number one in the global market for smartphones in the month of April.
Huawei P40 Pro / © Presse-citron
As we have discussed several times, the pandemic has affected the smartphone market. However, the consequences of the crisis are not the same for all manufacturers. For example, in the month of April, while Samsung was particularly affected because of the confinement in the country where these smartphones are popular, Huawei has been able to benefit from a rebound in demand in its main market, China, where the epidemic was already mastered.
Result, during this month of April, Huawei would have sold more smartphones than Samsung, becoming, provisionally, the number one global market. This is what is stated in an article published this week by the site Android Authority, which echoes the statistics of the company Counterpoint Research. According to them, Huawei would have had a market share of 19 % during the month of April, while that of Samsung would have been 17 %.
Huawei has therefore been allowed access to the first place in April thanks to the chinese market. However, the constructor is far from being out of business. From 2019, it is sanctioned by the United States and therefore, could no longer collaborate with the u.s. companies (except those that have obtained a permit). Result : Huawei may not preinstall applications and Google’s services on its smartphones, which use the open source version of Android. And because of the lack of these apps Google, sales were down in Europe.
Currently, Washington also wants to deprive Huawei processors. The manufacturer designs its own processors Kirin, but these are manufactured by the Taiwanese TSMC. In the month of may, the United States announced new sanctions that prevent foreign companies to use equipment or technologies in the us to provide Huawei, which seems to have as purpose to prevent TSMC to manufacture processors Kirin for this manufacturer.
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Xiaomi has also resisted in the first quarter
Otherwise, it should be noted that, for its part, Xiaomi seems to have better resisted the crisis than its competitors in the first quarter. In fact, while most manufacturers saw their sales decline during the first three months of the year, Xiaomi has posted an increase of 13.6 % of its revenues. ” In mainland China, while the impact of the pandemic began to diminish, the sales of the main products of Xiaomi have experienced a solid recovery,” wrote Xiaomi in the announcement of its results for the first quarter. ” The Group has worked proactively with its partners in the supply chain to help them increase their production capacity. Its production in mainland China has recovered to the bulk and the demand of smartphones has bounced back quickly. Since April, shipments of smartphones in mainland China are gradually returned to the level prior to the pandemic, and its shipments of smart tvs are also widely restored. “