Huawei has grown to domnate the massive Chinese market Photo: AFP/File
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Huawei overtakes Samsung as top smartphone seller: industry tracker

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By WANG ZHAO

China's Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter, industry tracker Canalys said Thursday.

Canalys said the embattled firm, which is facing U.S. sanctions, shipped 55.8 million devices -- overtaking Samsung for the first time, which shifted 53.7 million units.

The research group said the U.S. sanctions had "stifled" Huawei's business outside mainland China, but that it had grown to dominate its substantial domestic market.

More than 70 percent of its smartphones are now sold in the country, Canalys said, where Samsung has a very small share of the market.

Huawei said in a statement it was a sign of "exceptional resilience".

Overseas shipments, however, fell nearly a third in the second quarter and Canalys analyst Mo Jia warned that strength in China alone "will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover".

"Its major channel partners in key regions, such as Europe, are increasingly wary of ranging Huawei devices, taking on fewer models, and bringing in new brands to reduce risk," Mo said.

Huawei -- the top producer of telecoms networking equipment -- has become a pivotal issue in the geopolitical standoff between Beijing and Washington, which claims the firm poses a significant cybersecurity threat.

Washington has essentially barred Huawei from the U.S. market and waged a global campaign to isolate the company.

The British government bowed to growing U.S. pressure and pledged earlier this month to remove Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.

The politically-fraught change was made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a meeting with his cabinet and National Security Council.

It requires companies to stop buying new 5G equipment from Huawei starting next year and strip out existing gear by the end of 2027.

Australia and Japan have taken steps to block or restrict the Chinese company's participation in their 5G rollouts, and European telecoms operators including Norway's Telenor and Sweden's Telia have passed over Huawei as a supplier.

The U.S. has also requested the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on fraud charges, further damaging relations between China and Canada, where she is under house arrest.

Meng, the Chinese telecom giant's chief financial officer, was arrested on a U.S. warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and has been fighting extradition ever since.

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Huawei does make some really good stuff, but they also make some very cheap low quality stuff. Of course selling at a lower price will get more customers, if Apple etc wanted more market share they could cut prices. I wonder how many would buy Huawei phones if they were the same price?

I wonder what customer satisfaction is like? I have no idea, but I suppose you get what you pay for

my 2c worth

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Breaking News: Chinese maker has huge market share in China.

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I'm using Xiaomi Mi A1 .Waiting for A4.

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I am probably one of the few person left who still love the Experia very much.

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I hope people using them realize that every keystroke they type or conversation they have is delivered to Communist China.

Apple is hardly any better, they show no ethics or humanity by making products on the cheap in sweatshops in murderous Communist China and having the hide to charge big money for the items.

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I am currently using a huawei phone and i have absolutely zero fear of them spying on me, i mean im just a regular person with no secrets to hide, plus who's to say using other brands of phone will prevent you from being spied on the same way.. however i guess its different if you are a high ranking personnel/officer working in some government bodies that have confidential information that shouldn't be leaked though..

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So may I assume if I use a Huawei phone that there is a communist party member in China seeing and recording the exact same screen I am viewing and seeing the pictures of my gf taken in the love hotel? Damn.

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So may I assume if I use a Huawei phone that there is a communist party member in China seeing and recording the exact same screen I am viewing and seeing the pictures of my gf taken in the love hotel? Damn.

You can be sure of it. Just make sure those photos look good!

I am currently using a huawei phone and i have absolutely zero fear of them spying on me, i mean im just a regular person with no secrets to hide,

Everyone has secrets to hide, even people as pure as driven snow need to guarantee their cyber security. PIN numbers, contacts, emails, photos, addresses. All can and are used for fraud and blackmail by the PRC.

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I didn't realize this until today, Huawei has their CSO on the Board of Directors of the Eclipse foundation... the maker of the IDE used by the majority of Java developers Globally... I wonder how the US sanctions will effect Eclipse/Java going forward ?

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