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Huawei Is Now The Second Largest Smartphone Maker, Beating Out Apple

Huawei Is Now The Second Largest Smartphone Maker, Beating Out Apple

The Chinese information technology company, Huawei is now the world’s second largest smartphone maker

Apple just dropped down a rung in the ladder of biggest smartphone makers in the world. Earlier this week it was reported that the Chinese-based Huawei (also the world's seventh-largest information technology company by revenue) surpassed Cupertino’s Apple as the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. This marks the first time since 2010 that Apple has not been ranked either one or two.

According to the International Data Corporation, Huawei delivered 54.2 million phones (an increase of 41 percent over the last year) to move into the second place position with a record high market share of 15.8%. Samsung, of course, is still the largest smartphone manufacturer.

 Huawei P20 Pro. Photo courtesy of Huawei

Huawei P20 Pro. Photo courtesy of Huawei

This ranking is mainly thanks to their flagship, P20, and P20 Pro models, which exceeded their predecessors the P10 and P9. Huawei shipped 7 million P20 and P20 Pros in this quarter alone. The P20 Pro is also the first smartphone in the world to ship with triple cameras. The video below is an in-depth review of the P20 Pro by YouTube's Marques Brownlee.

Even at the top, there’s still room for smaller smartphone makers to grow within the near future. Companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO are increasingly positioning themselves as competitors as they continue to eat up market share.

But the smartphone company may still have its fair share of challenges, due to its connections with the Chinese government. Intelligence officials in both the United States and Australia have repeatedly raised concerns about whether or not data stored on Huawei devices and the networks their smartphones use are accessed by government agents.

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