Another week is drawing to a close and today we look back on the last few days and choose our personal winners and losers of the week. The sun continues to shine for Xiaomi, while Huawei is hiding under fat rain clouds again.
Also, does it seem to you that time is running even faster than usual during the pandemic? It was a minute at the beginning of the year and now the first third of May is suddenly over. Of course, this won’t stop us from picking the week’s winners and losers, but I think the chosen ones have already filled the same positions.
This means that Xiaomi can once again look forward to its place in the sun, while its rival Huawei – unfortunately – once again holds the title of loser. But before we talk about the Chinese giants, let’s take a look back at the past few days.
Opposite new mid-rangers
The week began particularly stressful for the esteemed colleague Benjamin Lucks, when he had to deal with Oppos new smartphones until Monday morning. After we have already received many gifts with the devices of the Find X3 series this year, Oppo has now developed its new mid-range phone with the A54 5G, A74, A75 5G and A94 5G models.
After the Oppo A72 was a great sales success for the company, we were of course excited about the new handsets. Unfortunately there was something spectacular this time around and we have to wonder what strategy Oppo has been thinking about. Read the post linked above and I am sure you will share our opinion and confusion. By the way, we have already looked at the A74.
Our editor Antoine Engels also asked to what extent Oppo and OnePlus – both under the umbrella of the BBK – could become big players in Europe alongside one another. He even spoke in his text of a sibling battle that is worth reading, and it will indeed be exciting to see how things develop for these two in Europe.
What’s up, WhatsApp?
Next week is an interesting deadline for all Messenger users (well, almost all of us, right?) As the WhatsApp rules changes will take effect on May 15th. For this reason, we are now also dealing with the popular Messenger and have already updated our overview of the best WhatsApp alternatives.
There you will not only find out which alternatives make sense for what reason, but you will also receive a summary of what exactly will be going on in the next week.
Lost and found
Apple fans had a generous menu this week NextPit. Our coverage of AirTag tracking devices went full steam ahead, explaining what functionality they lose when used with old iPhones. Are you here now and you don’t know what AirTag is? No problem, read our AirTags review and find out what these devices are capable of.
In addition, we are going to show you how to unlock the iPhone now with the Apple Watch, one of the new features of the iOS 14.5 system update.
Xiaomi shines, Huawei a little less
That brings us to the end of our review and this week’s winner and loser. Both refer to new numbers published in this case by the consulting firm Canalys. In short, we see that Xiaomi has managed to overtake Apple and take second place in Europe in terms of mobile phone sales in Q1.
As you can see in the chart of the analysts at Canalys, Xiaomi is even well ahead of Apple (19%) with 23% market share in Europe and only Samsung (35%) sells more devices than Xiaomi on the old continent.
Reason enough for us to randomly (or not?) Choose Xiaomi as the winner of the week when we release the full review of the brand’s new flagship, the Mi 11 Ultra, which you can see at the link below:
But Xiaomi wasn’t the only one to present positive numbers in the table – basically almost all of them saw sales increase. Unfortunately, Huawei’s downturn continues, meaning the Chinese giant has fallen to fifth place after an 81% drop in sales and a market share of just 3% in Europe.
The importance of this fall is even greater when you consider that Huawei has always been very strong in Europe. All over the world they are no longer in the top 5, and it seems like a matter of time before the company gets out of those top 5 on the continent.
The numbers that made Huawei our loser of the week can certainly be reversed, but the fact that cell phone buyers in Europe are turning to other brands certainly hits Huawei hard.
So what do you say Can you relate to our pick of winners and losers, or would you have chosen otherwise? Feel free to write it in the comments and also leave us your thoughts on the Huawei dilemma if you like. Thank you for staying loyal NextPit This week too – take care and start the new week off to a good start!