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Ding Yi / Jul 31, 2020 05:55 PM / Business & Tech

Huawei maintained its spot as top dog and Apple saw the highest growth in China’s smartphone market in the second quarter of 2020.

For the three months through June, Huawei’s smartphone shipments in China grew 8% year-on-year to 40.2 million units, giving it a whopping 44.3% market share, according to a report by market research firm Canalys. The figure exceeds the combined share for the next three biggest players, Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi.

The strong performance comes as Huawei shifts its focus to its home China market as a result of U.S. sanctions and China’s aggressive plans to accelerate the commercialization of 5G technology.

“Huawei is aiming to be the go-to 5G brand in China. Its 5G portfolio exceeded 60% of its total shipments in Q2,” Canalys analyst Louis Liu said, adding that 39 million 5G-enabled smartphones were sold in the country in the second quarter, up 260% from the previous quarter.

Another market research firm TrendForce previously predicted that a total of 235 million 5G-enabled smartphones will roll off production lines worldwide this year, about a third of which will be produced by Huawei.

Another winner in the second quarter was Apple, which finished fifth in China, as the U.S. tech giant achieved the highest year-on-year smartphone shipment growth of 35% with 7.7 million units. That helped it to narrow its gap with Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi, which finished second, third and fourth, respectively, all suffering double-digit declines, Canalys said.

Canalys attributed Apple’s growth to the launch of its more affordable iPhone SE and promotions around installment plans and trade-in offers.

Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi posted second-quarter smartphone shipments of 14.8 million units, 14.5 million units and 9.3 million units, respectively.

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