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Technology Xiaomi overtook Apple in smartphone sales last quarter

18:05  30 november  2020
18:05  30 november  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Xiaomi has claimed the third spot among world’s largest smartphone producers for the first time, according to the results of the latest quarter , revealed by Xiaomi ’s success was partly driven by the troubles of its domestic competitor, Huawei. That company lost its crown as the biggest smartphone

Xiaomi passes Apple globally. Research firm Canalys recently released its numbers for global smartphone shipments in the third quarter of 2020. While Xiaomi passed Apple in smartphone unit market share, Xiaomi didn't really steal much share from Apple , but rather from fellow Chinese

The smartphone world is bouncing back from the early days of the pandemic, and there’s been a changing of the guard as a result. Gartner estimates that Xiaomi overtook Apple in phone sales during the third quarter of 2020, climbing from 32.9 million handsets a year earlier (8.5 percent of the market) to 44.4 million (12.1 percent) this summer. Apple gained share, too, but its 40.6 million iPhone sales were a slight dip from 2019.

a group of people standing in front of a building: HONG KONG, CHINA - 2020/07/07: Commuters wearing face masks pass by a Xiaomi smartphone advertisement at its flagship store in Hong Kong. (Photo by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © SOPA Images via Getty Images HONG KONG, CHINA - 2020/07/07: Commuters wearing face masks pass by a Xiaomi smartphone advertisement at its flagship store in Hong Kong. (Photo by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

It was more of a familiar story at the top. Samsung held on to the lead with 80.8 million sales (22 percent). Huawei took a blow and dropped from 65.8 million phones sold to just 51.8 million, but that’s not surprising as US trade bans gut the company’s mobile business.

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Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi overtook Apple to become the world's third largest smartphone vendor in Q3 2020. Samsung and Xiaomi have done well when it comes to smartphone sales last quarter . Xiaomi has overtaken Apple in the global market in terms of smartphone shipments but

The rising tide of smartphone sales in China have been a boon to Samsung and the top domestic Chinese manufacturers, including Xiaomi , which has overtaken Apple and Xiaomi claimed 5.0% of the Chinese market after it shipped about 4.4 million units last quarter , according to data from Canalys.

Gartner added that the overall smartphone space was in better shape than it was earlier in 2020. Sales were still down 5.7 percent, but that was much better than the 20 percent drops from the first and second quarters of the year. “Near normal” conditions in China helped restore production, and there were also hints of markets reviving in Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

As for why Xiaomi surged ahead? It comes down to a perfect storm of factors. On top of China’s improved conditions, Xiaomi took advantage of Huawei’s decline. Apple, meanwhile, delayed the iPhone 12 launch until October and missed out on its usual September surge. The fourth quarter results could be another story — and you might not see this happen again, especially with Huawei fading away.

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