IDC: Huawei tops Apple in tightening smartphone market

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, speaks as Huawei unveils new smart phone Hyawei Ascend Mate 2 4G during a press event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the 2014 International CES on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. — AFP
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, speaks as Huawei unveils new smart phone Hyawei Ascend Mate 2 4G during a press event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the 2014 International CES on 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. — AFP

SEOUL, Aug 1 — -based Huawei took the second-place spot from in a tightening global smartphone during the second quarter of this year, according to figures released yesterday by International Data Corporation.

South Korean consumer electronics titan remained the top smartphone maker, shipping 71.5 million handsets, but Huawei moved into second position with shipments of 54.2 million, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

Silicon Valley-based Apple shipped 41.3 million iPhones, claiming 12.1 per cent of the global market compared to 20.9 per cent for Samsung and 15.8 per cent for Huawei.

It was the first time since early 2010 that Apple wasn’t in one of the top two spots in the smartphone market, according to IDC.



“The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.

The iPhone did well, with the top-of-the-line iPhone X model a big seller in many markets, according to IDC. Apple was expected to wrest back control of the market with the release of new iPhone models in the fall.

Apple, Huawei and Samsung were the main contenders when it came to competition for high-end priced at US$700 (RM3,231.64) or more, according to Reith.

Preliminary findings by IDC indicated a total of 342 million smartphones were shipped during the second quarter in a 1.8 per cent decline from the same period a year earlier.

The drop marked the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines in the global , according to IDC.

Market saturation and climbing average selling prices were among factors curbing growth in the smartphone market, said Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker research manager Anthony Scarsella.

“Consumers remain willing to pay more for premium offerings in numerous markets and they now expect their device to outlast and outperform previous generations of that device which cost considerably less a few years ago,” Scarsella said. — AFP

Source: The Malay Mail Online







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