Apple may be taking a victory lap following Tuesday afternoon’s strong quarterly results — but the company will be playing catchup in the smartphone arena.
Chinese handset maker Huawei passed Apple in unit smartphones sales in the second quarter — bouncing the Cupertino, Calif., company to third place in global sales, according to reports on Wednesday from numerous research firms.
Huawei sold 54.2 million units, moving ahead of the 41.2 million units sold by the iPhone maker, according to IDC and Counterpoint Research.
Korean smartphone-maker Samsung remains sitting pretty in first place with 71.5 million units moved, the firms said.
For fast-growing Huawei, the quarter sales marked a 40 percent year-over-year gain.
While it is fast-growing globally, Huawei has yet to make inroads into the US. In February, the heads of several US intelligence agencies — including the NSA, CIA and FBI — told the Senate Intelligence Committee that they would not recommend Americans use any of Huawei’s products.
The Chinese company has long been the No. 3 handset maker in the world thanks to strong sales in China, Europe and Latin America.
“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,” IDC’s Ryan Reith wrote in a report.
Reith noted, however, that Huawei and Samsung’s dominance may be short-lived.
“It is worth noting that Apple moved into the top position each of the last two holiday quarters following its product refresh,” he said. “It’s likely we’ll see continued movement among the top-ranked companies in 2018 and beyond.”
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