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Strategy Analytics: Global 5G Smartphone Shipments to Hit 199 Million in 2020

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$aapl #5gAccording to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global 5G smartphone shipments will reach 199 million units in 2020. Disruption caused by the coronavirus scare and global economic slowdown will put a cap on 5G smartphone sales this year.

Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global 5G smartphone shipments will grow more than tenfold from 19 million units in 2019 to 199 million in 2020. The 5G segment will be the fastest-growing part of the worldwide smartphone industry this year. Consumers want faster 5G smartphones to surf richer content, such as video or games. We forecast 5G penetration to rise from 1 percent of all smartphones shipped globally in 2019 to 15 percent of total in 2020.”

Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “China, United States, South Korea, Japan and Germany are by far the largest 5G smartphone markets this year. The big-five countries together will make up 9 in 10 of all 5G smartphones sold worldwide in 2020. However, other important regions, like India and Indonesia, are lagging way behind and will not be offering mass-market 5G for at least another year or two.”

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The global 5G smartphone industry is growing quickly, but the ongoing coronavirus scare and subsequent economic slowdown will put a cap on overall 5G demand this year. The COVID-19 outbreak is currently restricting smartphone production in Asia, disrupting supply chains, and deterring consumers from visiting retail stores to buy new 5G devices in some parts of China. The first half of 2020 will be much weaker than expected for the 5G industry, but we expect a strong bounce-back in the second half of the year if the coronavirus spread is brought under control.”

Exhibit 1: Global 5G Smartphone Shipments Forecast in 2020 1

Global Smartphone Shipments (Millions of Units)

2019

2020

5G

19

199

Rest of Market

1394

1165

Total

1413

1364

 

Global Smartphone Shipments (% of Total)

2019

2020

5G

1%

15%

Rest of Market

99%

85%

Total

100%

100%

 

Source: Strategy Analytics

The full report, Global Handset Sales for 88 Countries & 19 Technologies, is published by the Strategy Analytics Emerging Device Technologies (EDT) service, details of which can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/wep83gc.

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics is a global, independent research and consulting firm. The company is headquartered in Boston, USA, with offices in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India and China. Visit www.strategyanalytics.com for more information.


1 Numbers are rounded.

Contacts

Americas Contact:

Ken Hyers / +1 617 614 0757 / KHyers@strategyanalytics.com

EMEA Contact:

Ville-Petteri Ukonaho / +44 1908 423 634 / VUkonaho@strategyanalytics.com

Asia Contact:

Neil Mawston / +44 1908 423 628 / NMawston@strategyanalytics.com

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