Samsung announced today that it sold nearly 7 million 5G-capable Galaxy smartphones in 2019, an impressive figure. As you may know, the firm had sold only 2 million 5G-capable units as of mid-September.
“Consumers can’t wait to experience 5G and we are proud to offer a diverse portfolio of devices that deliver the best 5G experience possible,” Samsung president TM Roh said in a prepared statement. “For Samsung, 2020 will be the year of Galaxy 5G and we are excited to bring 5G to even more device categories and introduce people to mobile experiences they never thought possible.”
Samsung also claims that it controlled 54 percent of the global 5G smartphone market as of November 2019. The firm currently sells five 5G-capable handsets, the Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy A90 5G, and Galaxy Fold 5G.
Samsung will begin selling its first 5G tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 5G, in Korea in the first quarter of 2020, the company notes. But the big future for 5G, of course, is smartphones.
“5G smartphones contributed to [just] 1 percent of global smartphone sales in 2019,” Counterpoint Research vice president Neil Shah is quoted as saying in the Samsung press release. “However, 2020 will be the breakout year, with 5G smartphones poised to grow 1,687 percent with contribution rising to 18 percent of the total global smartphone sales volumes … With tremendous 5G growth opportunities on the horizon, Samsung, over the next decade, is in a great position to capitalize by further investing and building on the early lead and momentum.”