Global shipments of smartphones buck the market's downward trend in the third quarter of 2019 to increase by a weak 1 percent – the first signs of growth in two years.
Total shipments were $ 352.4 million for the quarter, according to analysts at Canalys.
Samsung and Huawei topped the charts with an increase of 11 (78.9 million) and 29 percent (66.8 million) respectively.
Third, Apple sold 43.5 million handsets worldwide, down 7 percent, mainly due to weak sales during the launch of the iPhone 11 in September.
Xiaomi and Oppo came on the fourth and fifth pages with sales of 32.5 million and 32 million each.
Canaly's research manager Rushabh Doshi said: "5G is the next battlefield for Samsung. It is one of very few smartphone vendors designing their own chipset and modems. It is therefore not limited to the innovation cycle of a third-party component supplier such as Qualcomm. [1[ads1]9659007] "If Samsung moves faster than Qualcomm, it can win the race to mid-range phones with 5G. The recent announcement of the Galaxy A90 5G and the upcoming Exynos 980 chipset highlight the strategic priorities. "
The figures also show an impressive improvement from Huawei following the rampage it received from President Donald Trump's decision to restrict sales in the US and stop US firms trading with the company by putting Huawei on the restricted entity list.
Although The ban has been put on hold twice as trade negotiations continue, it has cast a huge cloud over Huawei's ability to continue to acquire US hardware and nearly as important access to Google's Play Store and other services.
Despite insisting on the fact that the Huawei ban is based on national security, Trump has said the company's status could be included in a major trade agreement with China, which according to the president's always stable tweets this agreement is 60 percent complete and ready for signing.  As reported yesterday, Huawei's growth was partially driven by am giving a 66 percent increase in domestic Chinese sales.
But several international distributors also restarted the purchase of Huawei, so subdued demand also played a role: international sales increased sequentially from 21.5 million in the second quarter to 25.3 million in the third quarter.
Ben Stanton, senior analyst at Canalys, warned: "Huawei is not out of the woods yet. Broadcasts abroad in Q3 were focused on pre-Entity List models, with P30 Lite's best sender, at close to three million units. But the models on the list of devices, such as Mate 30, create uncertainty because there is resistance from channels in critical foreign markets, such as Europe, to support Huawei devices without Google Mobile Services … It will be a major challenge to keep their foreign volume if the Entity List saga is not resolved in the coming months. "
Apple has received strong reviews praising the iPhone 11's better camera and battery life, even though the latest models were first released in the second half of September, and it did not contribute large volumes to the Q3 broadcasts.
Canalys said it wouldn't be so surprising if the industry's talk about an iPhone on startup in the first half of 2020 to boost sales proved to be true. ®
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