In 2019, we saw the release of a handful of 5G smartphones. It wasn’t as many as we would like, but you know what, that actually worked out in Samsung’s favor. According to a report from IHS Markit, they claim that based on their numbers, it seems that Samsung has come out on top as far as 5G is concerned.
The firm claims that in Q3 2019, Samsung dominated the 5G smartphone market where their smartphones accounted for 74% of all 5G smartphones. Based on their numbers, Samsung had managed to ship 3.2 million 5G smartphones out of the 4.3 million or so smartphones in the global market.
This is also a huge step up from the previous quarter where apparently Samsung only managed to ship 1.5 million units. As it turns out, the 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 contributed in a huge way, where it accounted for 1.6 million of those shipments alone, suggesting that customers were more excited for that particular model versus the 5G version of the Galaxy S10.
We expect that come 2020, Samsung and other companies will most likely be releasing more 5G handset models. Apple has also been rumored to be hopping on board the 5G bandwagon in 2020, so it will be interesting to see how both companies fare against each other.