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IDC: Huawei world’s second biggest smartphone maker

IDC confirmed that Huawei has become the world’s second biggest smartphone maker ahead of Apple and behind only Samsung, based on first quarter results.

"The overall smartphone market continues to be challenged in almost all areas, yet Huawei was able to grow shipments by 50%, not only signifying a clear number two in terms of market share, but also closing the gap on market leader Samsung,” said Ryan Reith, vice-president of IDC’s mobile device tracker programme.

Huawei was the only top smartphone vendor to grow volumes in Q1. The company had year-over-year growth of 50.3% with volumes of 59.1 million units and a 19% market share. It is now within striking distance of Samsung at the top of the global market.

In China, Huawei continued its positive momentum with a well-rounded portfolio targeting all segments from low to high, said IDC.

Huawei’s high-end models continue to create a strong affiliation for the mid to low-end models, which are supporting the company's overall shipment performance.