Chinese smartphone makers Huawei’s smartphone shipments continued to see downfall trends. The main reason behind this plunge is sanctions imposed by the United States. This has resulted in once the number 1 vendor tumbling below rivals like Apple. So much so that it is not even on the list of the top 5 biggest smartphone manufacturers. Huawei shipped just 33 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2020. The company witnessed around 41 per cent year-on-year decline. According to data released by Counterpoint Research, this put the market share of the Chinese technology giant at 8 per cent. As a result, Huawei is now behind Chinese rivals like Vivo and Oppo.
According to data released by Canalys, the number of smartphones shipped by Huawei was 32 million. With this estimate, the company’s shipment was down by around 43 per cent from last year. Canalys said that it is the first time in the history of Huawei that the company has failed to feature in the list of top 5 smartphone manufacturers. “Because of sanctions by the United States, Huawei has witnessed a dramatic fall in most markets,” said Amber Liu, analyst at Canalys Research. The most important thing is that it was at number 1 position in the world by shipments in the second quarter.
However, Huawei is confident about the future. The company said that the smartphone business has seen a robust development over the last year with PC, tablet, and wearable witnessing significant growth. “We are focused on creating more value for consumers and innovation has been at the centre of products. We are confident about the future,” the company said in a statement. Sanctions by the US are indeed taking their toll on the Chinese smartphone manufacture. Trump administration had put the company on a US blacklist in 2019. This restricted various American firms from supplying key components, including semiconductors, to Huawei.