Huawei is no longer in the top 5 of the global smartphone market, claims report – Times of India


Chinese technology giant Huawei is no longer on the list of top five smartphone companies globally, according to the latest report by research firm Strategy Analytics.
Despite being banned by former US President Donald Trump in 2019 and barred from accessing critical technology of US origin, Huawei managed to retain its spot among the leading smartphone brands of the world due to the sale in its home country China.
However, a new report by Strategy Analytics shows that the company is no longer on the list and was taken down by rivals from the same country. Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo now find themselves on the third, fourth and fifth spot respectively.
Vivo witnessed the highest overall annual growth of 85%, followed by Xiaomi that grew by 80% as compared to the first quarter of 2020.
Linda Sui, senior director, at Strategy Analytics, said, “The China smartphone market had a sensational quarter driven by 5G product success across multiple price tiers. China smartphone shipments were up +35% YoY reaching 94 million units in Q1 2021.”
The global smartphone market was led by the South Korean tech giant Samsung that shipped 77 million smartphones globally in the first quarter, witnessing a growth of 32% year-over-year from 58 million units in Q1 2020. As per the report, it was the “affordable A series 4G and 5G phones, and the earlier launched Galaxy S21 series combined [that] drove solid performance in the quarter.”
The second spot was taken by Apple that shipped 57 million units of iPhones worldwide, capturing second place with a 17% volume market share.
Overall, the global smartphone shipments stood at 340 million units in Q1 2021, according to Strategy Analytics registering a 24% annual growth “representing the highest growth since 2015.”
“The smartphone market rebound was driven by the healthy demand of consumers with ageing devices and a phenomenal 5G push from Chinese vendors,” added the report.

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