Chinese 5G smartphones will become cheaper


The Chinese Academy of Information and Communication Technology has released the “December 2019 Mobile Market Domestic Market Analytical Report”.

In the last month of 2019, 35 models were released in China. At the same time, only in December 5.4 million 5G smartphones were sold in China. For the entire 2019, the total supply of smartphones in China amounted to 389 million units. As for 5G models, sales totaled more than 13.7 million units.

The following smartphones are currently available in China with 5G support: ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G, Huawei Mate 20X 5G, Huawei Mate 30 series, Huawei Mate X, Honor V30, China Mobile Pioneer X1, VIVO iQOO Pro 5G, VIVO NEX 3 5G, Samsung Note 10+ 5G, Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G, Huawei Nova 6, OPPO Reno3 Pro and others.

Various analytical agencies believe that in 2020, Huawei will lead the global 5G market. According to IDC forecasts, Chinese smartphone shipments will return to growth in 2020. This year, more than 20% of 5G-enabled smartphones in China will cost no more than $ 290. By 2021, 20% of smartphones will have 5G connectivity.

In total this year, about 150 million 5G smartphones will be sold in China, and the starting price will drop to $ 145 in the fourth quarter of 2020.

China’s projected smartphone market growth in 2020 after three years of continuous decline will be driven by models supporting fifth-generation (5G) networks. Smartphones with 5G support will become more affordable next year, some of which will cost less than half the cost of the new iPhone11, released this year, which will help the Chinese smartphone market recover after three years of slowdown, according to research firm IDC China.

“There is no doubt that 5G phones will have a positive impact on the entire smartphone industry, leading to radical changes in line with the new era,” said Wang Xi, an IDC China researcher specializing in the Chinese smartphone market.

Analysts believe that by the end of 2019, the number of 5G connections around the world will be approximately 10.0 million, but in 2023 it will exceed 1 billion. Thus, the total annual growth rate will be 217.2% in the period from 2019 to 2023. Four years later, according to experts, 5G connections will make up 8.9% of all mobile connections.

Experts name three main factors that will contribute to the spread of 5G.

Firstly, the growing volumes of consumed and generated data. The transfer to 5G of the largest consumers will allow operators to more efficiently distribute the load on their networks, which will help to improve the quality and stability of communication.

In addition, with the development of the Internet of things, more and more devices will be connected to mobile networks, and one of the advantages of 5G is an incomparably greater number of simultaneous connections.

Finally, due to the high speed and minimum signal delay in 5G networks, many new scenarios for using the technology for consumers and businesses will appear.

At the same time, experts warn that there is a long way to go before the potential of 5G is fully revealed. According to IDC, the most futuristic scenarios for the use of technology will begin to be implemented in about 3-5 years. In a closer perspective, users will focus on advanced 5G capabilities for streaming video, mobile games and augmented and virtual reality (AR / VR) applications.

Countries around the world are embroiled in a race for the deployment of 5G wireless networks, which offer faster data transfer speeds, lower latency, energy savings and connectivity for large devices. Mobile technology is seen as the key to dominance in areas such as manufacturing automation, robotics, and autonomous driving.

By 2025, China is expected to become a leader in deploying 5G commercial services with approximately 600 million 5G subscribers, according to the GSMA trade organization, as Beijing continues to move forward with its next-generation wireless technology plans. Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies is considered the undisputed market leader when it comes to creating a network infrastructure for 5G, although it ran into difficulties after being included in the US black list.


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