Samsung occupies more than half of the 5G telephone market
Samsung shipped more than 6.7 million of its 5G smartphones in 2019 – more than half the world market for 5G phones.
The total of 6.7 million exceeds the expectations of the company, which originally predicted that the sale of 5G smartphones would reach 4 million by the end of the year.
Samsung accounts for around 54 percent of the global 5G smartphone market from November, according to data from Counterpoint Research.
This largely surpassed its competitors – partly because of the large range of handsets, but also because its main rival in smartphones, Apple, does not release a 5G device yet.
The South Korean tech giant has a range of five Galaxy 5G devices worldwide, the Galaxy S10 5G, Note 10 5G, Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy A90 5G and Galaxy Fold 5G.
The Galaxy S10 5G (photo) was released on time for enabling 5G networks last year and has proven to be a hit with consumers, as Samsung represented around 54 percent of the global 5G smartphone market from November
The company had sold two million 5G smartphones in September, which means that the Korean tech giant has sold another 4.7 units in the last five months.
“For Samsung, 2020 will be the year of Galaxy 5G and we are delighted to bring 5G to even more device categories and to introduce people to mobile experiences they could never have imagined,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Research and Development. Development at IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.
“Consumers can’t wait to experience 5G and we are proud to offer a diverse portfolio of devices that offer the best possible 5G experience.”
At IFA 2019 in September, Samsung said it had sold two million 5G smartphones since the first came on the market in May, and predicted the sale of its next-gen network equipment by 4 million at the end of 2019.
5G smartphones accounted for only one percent of worldwide smartphone sales in 2019, according to Counterpoint Research.
“In both South Korea and the US, Samsung is only challenged because of Apple’s supremacy of market shares, and because Apple does not yet have to launch 5G products, Samsung has had few challengers,” Peter Richardson, research director at Counterpoint Research, told MailOnline .
“Most 5G smartphones have been purchased by tech pioneers and early adopters and 2020 will see broader network deployment and a much larger range of smartphones at more affordable prices,” he said.
“These will contain Apple iPhones, although probably not before September or October. This will probably mean that the market share landscape will be different in a year. “
Samsung has five 5G phones on the market, including the Note 10 5G and larger Note 10+ (above)
While Samsung achieved a market share of 5.9% of the 5G device from November, Huawei was in second place with 19.3 percent, despite the trade ban with the US.
LG was in third position with a market share of 10.6 percent, while Chinese suppliers Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi and OnePlus also achieved a reasonable turnover, according to Counterpoint Research.
According to the company, the turnover of 5G smartphones is almost 17 times as high as in 2020, to represent 18 percent of the total sales volume of 5G smartphones.
The Galaxy A90 5G is Samsung’s 5G offering in the more affordable Galaxy A range, for just over £ 600
Samsung has worked closely with telecommunications companies to roll out the next-generation network and supplied network equipment for the world’s first 5G commercial service in Korea, which went live in April.
In May, the company was the first in the world to launch a 5G smartphone – the Galaxy S10 5G – in time for the first 5G network in the UK, which EE switched on the same month.
The phone offers internet speeds that allow users to download movies in less than a second, as well as new VR capabilities, depth perception, and four cameras.
Samsung now offers consumers five 5G devices worldwide – the Galaxy S10 5G, the Note 10 5G and the Note 10+ 5G, as well as the Galaxy A90 5G and the Galaxy Fold 5G – the company’s first foldable smartphone.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S6 5G, which will be available in the first quarter of this year, is the first 5G tablet in the world.
It is expected that 5G is up to 1000 times faster than the currently used network standard, 4G
The foldable Galaxy Fold from Samsung is also suitable for 5G and can be purchased for around £ 1,800
The Galaxy Fold has reportedly sold more than one million units since September, marking an important turnaround after well-documented device design errors
The Galaxy Fold costs £ 1,800 to wash the eye and folds down in the middle, allowing users to switch from a 4.6-inch display on the outside to a 7.3-inch display on the inside.
The long-awaited device was released in September following technical issues that halted the global launch, including reports of broken displays after just a few days of use.
Samsung President Young Sohn told the press last month that the company had sold a million Galaxy Fold units since its release in September.
However, the company later returned to this claim and said that Sohn confused the original sales target of the tech giant with real numbers.
WHAT IS 5G AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The evolution of the G system began in 1980 with the invention of the mobile telephone with which analogue data could be sent via telephone conversations.
Digital came in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities were launched.
Since then, the possibilities and carrying capacity for the mobile network have increased enormously.
More data can be transferred from one point to another faster than ever via the mobile network.
5G is expected to be 100 times faster than the currently used 4G.
Although the jump from 3G to 4G was the most cost-effective for mobile browsing and working, the move to 5G will be so fast that they become almost real-time.
This means that mobile activities will be just as fast as office-based internet connections.
Potential use for 5g includes:
- Simultaneous translation of multiple languages into a party conference call
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
- A full 8 GB movie can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so fast and efficient that it is possible for the end of wired connections to begin.
By the end of 2020, it is estimated that 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G.
The evolution from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1 Gbps – 1,000 times higher than the existing speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future