More than 4.14 million mobile phones are sold every day in the world, of which almost 800,000 are Samsung, a world leader in this sector. However, the Korean company has seen how in the first quarter of the year the Chinese firm Huawei was approaching dangerously with an increase in sales of 44.5% year-on-year.
This is deduced from the data published by the consulting firm Gartner regarding global sales of mobile phones in the first quarter of 2019 before mid-May US President Donald Trump announced a veto against Huawei that could interrupt the accelerated rise of the Chinese firm and even frustrate its aspirations to take away the Korean leadership in 2020.
According to data from the US consultancy, overall mobile sales have fallen by 2.7% year-on-year, with 373 million units sold between January and March around the world, of which 71.62 million were from Samsung, 58, 43 from Huawei, 44.56 from Apple, 29.60 from Oppo, 27.36 from Vivo (which sneaks like that among the five majors surpassing Xiaomi).
With respect to a year ago it is observed that Samsung has sold 7 million less mobile and has lost more than one point of market share, up to 19.2%; while Huawei has sold 18 million more and gained more than five quota points, up to 15.7%, thus significantly reducing the distance it had with its biggest rival.
While the advance of Huawei has been the largest of the major manufacturers, the US Apple has also lost market share worldwide (from 14.1% to 11.9%, after falling sales by 17.6%) and the Asians Oppo and Vivo have won it, to reach 7.9 and 7.3%, respectively.