China’s Huawei has overtaken Apple to become the world’s second-biggest smartphone seller, according to the June quarter data from IDC’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker‘.
While Huawei sold 54.2m units in the second quarter, Apple sold 41.3m, according to the preliminary data.
“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,” Ryan Reith, an IDC vice president, said in an accompanying statement.
“For most markets, the ultra-high end ($700+) competition is largely some combination of Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, depending on the geography, and this is unlikely to change much in the short term,” he added.
While Apple relies heavily on sales in the Americas, the Chinese market is key to its rival Huawei.