Within the next five years, 5G smartphones shipment will reach 1.9 billion units. And the models compatible with the new generation networks in 2023 will beat (in terms of units delivered) those with 4G connectivity. With 800 million units, or 51, 4% of all smartphone shipments estimated for that year worldwide.
By 2020, an estimation of 17.5% of smartphones will be delivered in this country will be compatible with fifth-generation networks. Followed by America (18.8%) and the Asia Pacific region (17.4%).
China can boast a leading position in many respects. Firstly, the local government has made many efforts to accelerate the spread of 5G. And important brands have made investments to produce and make 5G smartphones. Think of Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei and ZTE and those directly involved in the supply of network equipment (the reference goes once again to Huawei and ZTE).
Estimates for 5G smartphone deliveries for the current year are modest. 13 million worldwide. In many countries, the operators have started the first 5G commercial offers at the beginning of this summer, giving way to the marketing of the first models compatible with the new networks.
Although it will take many more years to retire 4G smartphones. We must ultimately consider that the new terminals will still represent an element capable of moving the smartphone market. The market has certainly not shown a markedly growing trend in the so-called mature markets.