Huawei swore to one day beat Apple in smartphone sales and become the world’s second-best-selling phone brand. That time has finally come.
Based on independent research by Counterpoint’s Market Pulse, the Chinese company hit record sales for the months of June and July 2017, effectively taking Apple’s spot at number two behind Samsung.
See how the numbers turned out in this graph:
Huawei’s lead might be short-lived, however. The anniversary edition of the iPhone is set to launch next week, and that’s guaranteed to spike Apple’s sales until the end of the year.
But that isn’t to say Huawei will take this lying down. The new second-placer also has its highly anticipated Mate 10 launching in mid-October — just as the hype of the iPhone 8 will begin to settle down.
This comes after news broke out about Huawei possibly giving up on its affordable smartphone lines. It may have been a good move after all, especially since they’re raking in the awards for their high-end flagships and taking over Europe with their strong marketing push.
Meanwhile, Samsung still holds a solid spot at the top thanks to strong sales of its flagship Galaxy S8 and the popularity of its cheaper Galaxy J series. There was cause for concern last December when Apple briefly overtook the Korean brand, but that was because of the sudden withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7 from the market.