Industry tracker Canalys reported that Huawei dominated Samsung as the leading smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter due to strong domestic demand support.
According to Canalys, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer managed to ship 55.8 million devices compared to Korea’s counterpart, which shipped 53.7 million units.
Canalys observed that while Huawei was facing US sanctions and falling overseas sales, the company had grown to dominate its substantial home market.
Canalys said the findings marked the first time in 9 years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led the market.
However, 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.”
As the world’s top producer of telecoms networking equipment, Huawei became a somewhat controversial issue within the geopolitical clash between China and America due to the allegations of cybersecurity and national security threat posed by the Chinese company.