Everyone praises 5G. But do customers need it?

Everyone praises 5G. But do customers need it?

Phone manufacturers today have almostly switched to new technology everywhere. Smartphones with 5G support are actively entering even those markets where fifth-generation networks will appear at best in two or three years.

The reason for this is simple – the platform. Almost all new mobile platforms come out by default with 5G support. But do customers need it?

As it turns out, the answer is yes. This year already sold more than 100 million such smartphones, next year they are expected to be more than 500 million!

Not only phone manufacturers, but also processor manufacturers have switched to this technology. The flagship SoC Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek have 5G modems, and the last of the three has also released several low-cost solutions with support for fifth generation networks at very attractive prices.

Calanys analysts predict that 278 million smartphones with 5G will be delivered to the market this year. However, 62% of them will fall on Greater China. North America will account for 42% of sales, and Europe and part of Africa will account for 31%. In 2021, the supply of such smartphones will almost double, to 544 million. In this case, the share of China will fall to 56%.

Everyone praises 5G. But do customers need it?

If you look at the distribution by segments, you can see that in all regions except China, the dominance of devices worth more than 600 dollars. This is due to the fact that in many markets, the main offers of smartphones with 5G are concentrated in the flagship segment. But in China, a huge number of medium budget and even quite inexpensive devices with 5G. The main sales already now fall on the model worth 200-400 dollars, and next year a significant share will take smartphones cheaper than 200 dollars.


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