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Huawei tops Samsung in smartphone shipments for first time

Coronavirus hits South Korean maker hard while Apple sees growth

Huawei narrowly surpassed Samsung in smarthphone shipments in the second quarter. (Source photos by Getty Images)

SEOUL -- Huawei Technologies surpassed Samsung Electronics in smartphone shipments in the second quarter, becoming the No. 1 player in the global market for the first time, according to multiple reports released on Friday.

Counterpoint Technology Market Research said Huawei shipped 54.8 million smartphones in the April-to-June period, dethroning Samsung, which had 54.2 million shipments. This gave each company a market share of around 20%.

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