Xiaomi leads the 5G Android smartphone market


Strategy Analytics has released statistics on the global smartphone market for fifth-generation (5G) mobile phones. We are talking about devices running the Android operating system.

According to analysts, in the second quarter of this year, 94.6 million Android smartphone devices for 5G networks were sold worldwide. This is 104% more compared to the same period last year.

The Chinese company Xiaomi took the first place with a share of 25.7%. Thus, this manufacturer controls over a quarter of the market segment.

Xiaomi is followed by two more Chinese companies – Vivo and Oppo. They control 18.5% and 17.9% of the market, respectively.

In fourth place is the South Korean giant Samsung with 16.5% of the industry. Then we have Realme with 5.9% of the market.

Curiously, Realme showed the highest growth rates in the top five – plus 1,773% year on year.

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Xiaomi leads the 5G Android smartphone market

“Over the past nine quarters Xiaomi has cumulatively shipped 70 million 5G smartphones” says Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics. “Xiaomi’s performance places it closely behind Samsung, which has shipped an impressive 77 million 5G smartphones worldwide over the previous 10 quarters. Samsung shipped the world’s first 5G smartphones, beginning in Q1 2019.”

“Huawei remains the cumulative 5G smartphone leader among Android OS phone makers,” says Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics. “Huawei has shipped 95 million 5G smartphones worldwide over the past nine quarters but has recently seen its shipment volumes collapse under the weight of a US imposed 5G tech ban. That collapse has opened the door for other Chinese vendors, among them Lenovo-Motorola, Realme, OPPO, and Honor.”

“Lenovo-Motorola is the 5G smartphone growth leader,” says Yiwen Wu, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Lenovo-Motorola’s global shipments were up 3480% annually in Q2 2021, on volumes of 1.8 million 5G smartphone shipments for the quarter. Realme ranked second in annual growth, up 1773% year-to-year in Q2 2021 on volumes of 5.6 million, while OnePlus, another Chinese vendor, ranked 3rd in growth with shipment volumes improving 877% annually in the quarter. Meanwhile, Honor, in just two quarters, has cumulatively shipped 6.5 million 5G smartphones. In addition, this is an impressive number considering that Honor only began shipping 5G smartphones mid-way through Q1 2021.”

“These four 5G smartphone vendors,” added Yiwen Wu, “Lenovo-Motorola, Realme, OnePlus and Honor, are well positioned for strong growth in the second half of 2021 and in 2022, as they focus on markets and segment such as mid-tier 5G smartphones not fully dominated by their larger peers.”

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