Last February was a very interesting month in sales on Android devices. For the first time in history, Xiaomi overtook Huawei in global sales last month. The United States ban imposed on Huawei in the mobile phone market is finally being reflected in the sales of these devices and indirectly benefiting Xiaomi.
According to the latest numbers handled by the firm Strategy Analytics, Huawei has lost its third place in global smartphone sales. That it has held for quite some time. With these data on the table, Samsung was the company that sold the most smartphone in February with 18.2 million units—then followed by Apple with 10.2 million smartphone sales.
Xiaomi ranked third with 6 million phone sales, and Huawei came fourth with 5.5 million sales globally. However, as per the report, there was also an unusual decrease in smartphone sales compared to previous months. That, in total, led to the 38% annual drop in smartphone sales. This is due to the current global health situation in which the world is engulfed.
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“February 2020 saw the biggest fall ever in the history of the worldwide smartphone market. Supply and demand of smartphones plunged in China, slumped across Asia, and slowed in the rest of the world. It is a period the smartphone industry will want to forget.”, Strategy Analytics estimates.
In fact, in February 2020, sales have fallen from 92.2 million in the same period last year to the current 61.8 million. If you think these numbers are low, March is expected to be even worse. Since, it is likely to see a significant economic recession in this niche of the mobile phone market.
Huawei had already estimated that it could see a 20% drop in sales this year. Mainly due to the restrictions of the United States ban. However, taking into account the current health pandemic. The decline could be even more significant. It is worth noting that Huawei still beats Xiaomi in the total yearly sales so far this year. Since, in January, it sold 12.2 million compared to 10 million smartphone sales from Xiaomi. But, these figures could likely change by the end of the Q1.