Apple, Samsung Facing Smartphone Sales Declines
Huawei’s strong showing on the mobile phone front comes at a time when Apple and Samsung are seeing declines in shipments in China. Apple is also reeling from lackluster sales of its pricey iPhone X. According to market research firm Canalys, smartphone shipments in China during the first quarter of 2018 came in at 91 million units, down 21% on a year-over-year basis. Shipments of 91 million units was a quarterly figure passed in the fourth quarter of 2013, noted the research firm.
Eight of the top 10 smartphone vendors in China saw annual declines in shipments, with Samsung declining to less than half of what it shipped in the first quarter of 2017. Huawei was one of the outliers with shipments increasing 2%. After shipping more than 21 million smartphones in the first three months of the year, Huawei is now in first place with a market share of around 24% in China. Citing data from market research firm IDC, the Post reported that Huawei shipped a total of 39.3 million phones around the globe, which is coming closer to the 52.2 million Apple shipped in the