New iPhones have helped the 5G smartphones market reach 51%. Counterpoint observed that in January 2022, 5G phones took over half the share in the market for the first time.
5G is the latest cellular connectivity with the transformative prowess to change communications forever. This technology comes with Gigabits of throughput capacity at low latency. Thus, it has the capacity to unleash never-chartered areas for broadband applications. This includes autonomous driving, telehealth, manufacturing, smart home, IoT and the list goes on. Such characteristics have made the fifth-generation broadband the object of desire for every mobile operator and smartphone user. And despite the slow pace of its expansion, the new data indicates that its finally breaking into the market.
Asian countries have remarkably been at the front for 5G. And among them, China has been the key enabler to drive the new milestone for 5G phones alongside iPhones.
China has the world’s largest 5G base stations and will add another 600,000 by this year. This will total their 5G towers to over a whopping 2 million. It is also the home to ubiquitous multinational smartphone brands.
Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo are driving the global 5G smartphone sales among which Apple boasted a major presence. The American phone maker’s 5G capable iPhones occupied a massive 37% market share for global sales in January. Likewise, South Korean phone maker Samsung accounted for a 12% share. Chinese companies Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO all counted for 11%, 11%, and 10% 5G sales globally. Meanwhile, other unnamed brands contributed a collective 19% for the same duration.
5G phone market share
iPhones driving the 5G Smartphone Ecosystem
The 5G phones are still the upper tier and upper mid-rangers thing. And the data shows that iPhones are elevating the 5G smartphone ecosystem in recent months. Its premium flagship such as iPhone 12 Series, and the latest iPhone 13 lineups have played a key role in heralding the 5G ecosystem in the market.
Additionally, Apple recently launched a budget-friendly iPhone SE 3 with 5G connectivity. This will also help increase the 5G smartphones circulation on a global scale.
America wants to take the lead in 5G technology and Apple is its flag bearer for smartphones. Apple has also bought Intel Corp’s cellular-modem unit spending $1 billion to build its own 5G chips. Meanwhile, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs have largely dominated the market with their power-packed smartphone SoCs.