South Korean tech giant Samsung announced that it sold 6.7 million 5G phones in 2019, thanks to Galaxy S10 5G and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G. The number is quite surprising as 5G isn’t available across the US nor outside the country.
Samsung only sold 2 million 5G devices at IFA 2019 and the firm only expected to sell a total of 4 million devices by the end of 2019. Moreover, Samsung’s 5G phones count for about 53.9% of the global 5G marketplace.
TM Roh, President and Head of Research and Development at IT & Mobile Communications Division, said, “Consumers can’t wait to experience 5G and we are proud to offer a diverse portfolio of devices that deliver the best 5G experience possible. For Samsung, 2020 will be the year of Galaxy 5G and we are excited to bring 5G to even more device categories and introduce people to mobile experiences they never thought possible.”
2020 is going to be a test-field for 5G devices as Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset will have built-in support for 5G. But it will be a separate antenna rather than a wholly integrated solution.
“5G smartphones contributed to 1% of global smartphone sales in 2019. However, 2020 will be the breakout year, with 5G smartphones poised to grow4 1,687% with contribution rising to 18% of the total global smartphone sales volumes,” said, Neil Shah, VP of Research at Counterpoint Research.
So this means that instead of offering a separate 5G model of the S11 or Note 11, every Samsung flagship will support 5G, which will lead the sales. There are also rumors that Apple is also working on a 5G iPhone – that will make the trend even more famous.