Huawei was not exaggerating when it revealed that it’s aiming to — and could — be the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world by the time 2021 swings around, with the latest statistics from analysis firm IDC revealing an astonishing 50% increase in smartphone shipments in Q1 of 2019 (January through March).
To be more specific, Samsung still holds the top spot with an impressive 71.9 million shipments during the quarter — though that’s a 8.1% decrease on the figure it posted the same time in 2018. Whereas, Huawei experienced a 50.3% hike, shipping a total of 59.1 million units, versus that of the 39.2 million it offloaded in Q1 of 2018.
Apple, on the other hand, which is ranked third on the table, took a colossal 30% blow — shipping 36.4 million units in Q1 of 2019. During the same period in 2018, it saw around 52.2 million units leave its warehouses — hinting that demand for the once coveted iPhone has slipped, presumably as a result of the lack of innovation.