The iPhone 12 is all it would take for Apple to crush Samsung's 5G dominance dreams: report
According to Strategy Analytics, a total of 234 million 5G-enabled smartphones will be sold this year, making up 15 percent of overall sales. In comparison, just 18.6 million 5G-ready smartphones were shipped in 2019, so sales are on track to rise 12-fold.
In Q1 2020, Samsung reportedly dominated the global 5G smartphone market with sales of 8.3 million units, which earned it a market share of 34 percent. It was followed by Huawei, which sold 8 million 5G handsets, which gave it 33.2 percent of the market.
In the US, the Galaxy S20 trio accounted for 94 percent of 5G smartphone sales in the first quarter of the year. In 2019, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G was the most popular 5G phone in the country.
Samsung is so close to losing its 5G throne
Per Strategy Analytics' estimate, Apple will dethrone Huawei to become the number one 5G smartphone seller in 2021 on the back of strong demand from the US and Europe and the expansion of 5G networks.
The 5G smartphone market is forecasted to reach 600 million units next year, with Apple making 24.2 percent of the sales. It will probably be followed by Huawei with 22.2 percent of the market. Samsung's share will apparently be reduced to 15.1 percent, a far cry from where it stands now.
Samsung's affordable 5G-handsets would be of little help in developing regions
Samsung has been aggressively trying to expand its 5G portfolio to improve accessibility. However, affordable 5G phones are no good in regions where 5G services are not available and according to the report, Samsung would only be able to bounce back when 5G networks are deployed in developed countries such as India and Indonesia.
The economic setback fueled by the pandemic can be a huge deterrent and undermine 5G plans in emerging nations.