The development of 5G is slowing getting to maturity and this network is now available in some regions. However, the adoption rate of the 5G network is still slow because of the availability of 5G devices (mainly 5G smartphones). Recently, the Huawei Mate 20X 5G version held its first pre-sale and the result is amazing. First of all, this smartphone sold out within a few minutes. In addition, its total reservation exceeds 1 million units. This is far above the mainstream market expectation. Though this is the second 5G smartphone in China to go on sale, it was the first to obtain 5G terminal telecom equipment network access license. It is also the first with the dual-mode SA/NSA network. After the performance of the Huawei Mate 20X 5G, analysts are beginning the re-consider their initial forecast for 5G smartphone shipment.
Guotai Junan of Securities Research believes that the pace of construction of Chinese 5G base stations is much better now. In terms of 5G smartphone, he expects large-scale exchanges by next year (ie large-scale adoption of 5G devices). In addition, Mr. Guotai also believes that 5G smartphone shipments will exceed 200 million. Earlier, some analysts said that this year’s 5G mobile phones will ship between 10 million to 20 million units. The previous estimate for next year was 100 million units. Furthermore, the analyst said that because the penetration rate of 5G smartphones is already very high, the pricing may not be determined bt the phone manufacturers. Rather, the independent component providers may control the industry chain.
No doubt, other 5G smartphones will enter the Chinese market before the end of September. The iQOO Pro 5G version should arrive next week and it should be the cheapest 5G smartphone for now. Rumors have it that this smartphone will sell for less than $650 which is about the price of an average 4G flagship smartphone.