The year 2020 is expected to be the year of 5G ahead of foldable smartphones. Research firm, Strategy Analytics have predicted that global sales of 5G phone will hit 160 million units next year but that is dependent on its rollout in China. In other words, China will play a major role in the proliferation of 5G phones.
The report also says Huawei is in the best position to capture the majority of China’s 5G smartphone sales. This strategic position of Huawei could even be used to regain its global smartphone standing which has received severe pummelling from the US government.
Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “As China goes, so goes the 5G ambitions of chip-makers Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Unisoc, all of whom have been applauding the rapid rise in the number of 5G models licensed in recent months.”
Ville Petteri-Ukonaho, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Significantly, China holds the key to 5G volumes in 2020. The winner in China will have huge leverage for driving down the learning curve of 5G devices.”
David Kerr, Senior Vice President at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung is the undisputed global 5G leader, but currently has just a 1% share of the Chinese smartphone market. China is expected to be the largest 5G smartphone market, with 5G phone sales potentially hitting 80 million in 2020. Huawei has recently accelerated and intensified its efforts in its home market to counter international uncertainty. By Q2 2019 it had expanded its smartphone market share there to almost 40%, far outpacing all other competitors. It is well-positioned to leverage that dominant position to take a commanding lead in China’s 5G smartphone market in 2020 and beyond.”
Kerr continued, “If China meets its aggressive targets, Huawei could cut deeply into Samsung’s 5G leadership, positioning it for recovery and growth in Western Europe and other global markets.”