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China tech

Huawei dominant at home, but struggles abroad make it weak No. 1

Company loses share in non-China markets under US pressure

People stand in line in front of Huawei's new flagship store in Shanghai.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- Huawei Technologies has taken the crown in quarterly smartphone shipments for the first time by capitalizing on its home-field advantage in China, even as it steadily loses ground overseas.

The achievement of this long-held ambition owes largely to China being the first to open up its economy from a coronavirus lockdown. The dethroned smartphone king, Samsung Electronics, has struggled elsewhere amid the global pandemic.

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