Xiaomi pushed down Huawei to become the world’s third-largest smartphone brand when we talk of shipments in February 2020 according to a report by market research firm Strategy Analytics. This is the first time the Redmi Note 9 maker has ever surpassed its rival, Huawei.
According to the report, in February 2020 alone, the worldwide smartphone shipments fell 38% YoY accounting for 62 million units. Sales also dropped 39% YoY with 65 million units.
These factors along with the backlog of 4G inventory have affected Huawei adversely. The company’s shipments and sales declined by 69% and 64% YoY respectively.
As a result, Xiaomi became the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in February 2020, although its shipments and sales dipped by 32% and 29% YoY respectively. With all that being said, the difference between Xiaomi and Huawei was merely 0.5 million or 500,000 units with a total of 6 million and 5.5 million shipments respectively in the previous month.
Also, Samsung seized the top position as usual in February 2020 with 18.2 million units, followed by Apple with 10.2 million units. Finally, fifth and sixth positions were acquired by Oppo and vivo respectively with 4 million and 3.6 million units each. Furthermore, like Huawei and Xiaomi, the above-mentioned brands encountered slump in their shipments and sales by a huge margin.
Huawei is already going through a tough time since the United States government added it to the ‘Entity List’ last year. This forced US-based companies to drop their businesses with Huawei and in the process, the Chinese smartphone maker also lost its Android license. Additionally, global smartphone shipments have been falling for YoY as people tend to use their phones for a long time.