A lady sporting a sporting a facemask as a safety measure in opposition to the COVID-19 coronavirus speaks on her smartphone outdoors a shopping center previous a Huawei store (again) in Beijing on April 1, 2020. (Photograph by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photograph by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP through Getty Photos)
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HANGZHOU, China — Shipments of Huawei telephones plunged within the third quarter as U.S. sanctions proceed to harm the Chinese language know-how large, whereas home rival Xiaomi managed to capitalize on it, new knowledge reveals.
Within the three months to the tip of September, Huawei shipped 51.7 million smartphones, down 23% year-on-year, in accordance with a Canalys report revealed Thursday.
One other agency, Counterpoint Analysis, mentioned on Thursday that Huawei shipped 50.9 million smartphones, down 24% versus the identical interval final yr. The Chinese language agency’s market share dipped to 14% from 18% within the third quarter of 2019, in accordance with Counterpoint.
General within the third quarter, worldwide smartphone shipments reached 348 million items, a 1% decline year-on-year, however a 22% rise from the second quarter, the Canalys report confirmed.
Huawei misplaced its crown because the world’s greatest smartphone maker, after gaining the title within the second quarter of the yr.
Samsung overtook Huawei. The South Korean large’s shipments totaled 80.2 million, rising 2% year-on-year, Canalys mentioned.
The U.S. has waged a marketing campaign in opposition to Huawei as a part of the broader commerce conflict with China. Huawei is seen as one among China’s nationwide champions and key to the nation’s ambitions in next-generation applied sciences like 5G, the next-generation cell networks that supply super-fast knowledge speeds.
Washington has positioned quite a few sanctions on Huawei that are persevering with to take their toll. Final yr, Huawei was placed on a U.S. blacklist generally known as the Entity Record. This restricted American companies from doing enterprise with the Chinese language large. It meant that Huawei was not allowed to make use of licensed Google Android software program on its smartphones.
This isn’t an enormous deal in China the place Google providers are successfully blocked anyway. However in worldwide markets, that are crucial to Huawei’s progress plans, shoppers are used to utilizing Google apps. Huawei’s newest flagship smartphones shouldn’t have licensed Google Android and that is hurting the corporate’s system gross sales.
Declines in worldwide markets are persevering with for Huawei, however the firm additionally noticed a 15% fall in shipments in China within the third quarter, in accordance with one other report by IDC revealed Thursday.
Additional uncertainty round the way forward for Huawei’s smartphone enterprise stays. In Could, Washington amended a rule which aimed to chop Huawei off from crucial chip provides. Taiwanese agency TSMC, which manufactures Huawei’s smartphone chips, is not allowed to ship these parts to the corporate.
In the meantime, Chinese language rival Xiaomi is choosing up the slack.
“Xiaomi executed with aggression to grab shipments from Huawei,” mentioned Mo Jia, analyst at Canalys. “There was symmetry in Q3, as Xiaomi added 14.5 million items and Huawei misplaced 15.1 million. In Europe, a key battleground, Huawei’s shipments fell 25%, whereas Xiaomi’s grew 88%.”
Xiaomi’s smartphone shipments within the quarter ending in September totaled 47.1 million, an increase of 45% year-on-year, Canalys mentioned. It grew to become the third-biggest smartphone participant by market share for the primary time, overtaking Apple which got here in fourth place, and shipped 43.2 million iPhones in the identical quarter.
IDC’s numbers differed barely. The analysis agency’s knowledge confirmed Apple shipped 41.6 million iPhones within the third quarter of 2020, down 10.6% year-on-year. IDC mentioned the drop was anticipated because the next-generation iPhone 12 sequence was delayed.
The Cupertino large introduced the iPhone 12 vary at a later-than-usual date of mid-October, with some gadgets not out there till subsequent month.
“Regardless, the iPhone 11 sequence did exceptionally properly, contributing the vast majority of Apple’s quantity, adopted by the SE system,” IDC mentioned. “Wanting forward, we count on Apple to develop in coming quarters with sturdy early demand for iPhone 12 paired with strong trade-in gives throughout main carriers, particularly within the U.S.”