Samsung bought 6.7 million 5G telephones in 2019 between the Galaxy S10 5G and the Galaxy Notice 10 Plus 5G, the corporate introduced right now, marking higher than anticipated gross sales for units supporting the next-generation cell commonplace.
Whereas 6.7 million units could not sound like lots within the grand scheme of the telephone market, it’s higher than anticipated — at IFA 2019, Samsung had solely bought 2 million 5G units, and solely anticipated to promote four million whole by the tip of 2019. That quantity additionally makes up a substantial quantity of the fledging 5G market, with Samsung claiming its units depend for 53.9 p.c of the worldwide 5G market.
2020 is predicted to be an attention-grabbing 12 months for 5G development throughout the smartphone market. Not like 2019’s telephones, which largely didn’t embody 5G (or within the case of Samsung, solely supported it on particular, pricier fashions), Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 processor will make help for the next-generation community obligatory throughout any Android flagships that provides it — albeit by means of a separate antenna somewhat than a completely built-in answer. Elevated 5G rollouts by carriers signifies that prospects will presumably be extra taken with really shopping for 5G units, too.
That signifies that as an alternative of getting to supply a separate 5G mannequin of the S11 or Notice 11 (or no matter Samsung calls its 2020 flagship successors), each S11 or Notice 11 mannequin will help 5G, which can doubtless enhance gross sales. After all, the added ease in supporting 5G will doubtless imply loads of new rivals for Samsung in 2020 too — together with rumors of a 5G iPhone — which signifies that the market share breakdown might look very totally different at the moment subsequent 12 months.