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Huawei passes Apple to become second-largest smartphone maker

Chinese vendor's Q2 shipments surge 41% on year as global market slows

Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Huawei are building up market share with a combination of advanced technology and economies of scale.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Huawei Technologies has jumped ahead of Apple in quarterly smartphone shipments for the first time, moving into second place behind Samsung Electronics.

The Chinese company has steadily raised its international profile while also expanding its presence in its home market. Now, Huawei and Chinese peers like Xiaomi are challenging the likes of Apple and Samsung for a shrinking global pie.

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