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Huawei’s phone sales are ballooning while Apple and Samsung’s slump

New Delhi : China-based Huawei outsold Apple’s iPhones in the first quarter of this year, seizing the California company’s second place spot in a tightening smartphone market dominated by Samsung, a tracker said on Tuesday. A total of 310.8 million smartphones were shipped globally during the first three months of this year in a 6.6% decline from the same period in 2018, according to preliminary data from the Chinese-owned International Data Corporation.

It was the sixth consecutive quarter of decline for global smartphone shipments, the market tracker added. IDC saw the results as a sign that 2019 will be another down year overall for smartphone shipments, apart from strong growth by Huawei. “It is becoming increasingly clear that Huawei is laser focused on growing its stature in the world of mobile devices, with smartphones being its lead horse,” said IDC mobile device program director Ryan Reith.

“The overall smartphone market continues to be challenged in almost all areas, yet Huawei was able to grow shipments by 50%.” South Korean consumer electronics behemoth Samsung saw smartphone shipments drop 8.1% to 71.9 million in the first quarter.

Huawei, meanwhile, weighed in with 50.3% growth to ship 59.1 million smartphones and put it within “striking distance” of Samsung, according to International Data Corporation. 

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