Samsung Sold Over 6.7 Million 5G Smartphones in 2019

Posted on January 3, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, Mobile with 5 Comments

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.”

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5 responses to “Samsung Sold Over 6.7 Million 5G Smartphones in 2019”

  1. red.radar

    “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,” 

    IDK ... but I know I am rather ambivalent. In a mobile setting I can’t think of a reason I need or want 5g. Maybe my locality isn’t as congested and 4G-LTE scales perfectly fine. I would be surprised if people go iPhone 1, line queuing crazy over 5g like he is anticipating.

    Is it congestion? What killer feature does 5G bring to a mobile setting that’s got to have? ... genuine question.

    • wright_is

      In reply to red.radar:

      I'd settle for 4G-LTE speeds myself, heck, I'd settle for 3G. On a good day, if I open the office door, stand on tip-toe and hold the phone at arms-length in the air, I might, just might, get Edge speeds. Mostly it is under 1kbps, still 1kbps is still within the "up to 500,000kbps" that my contract says I get...

  2. jimchamplin

    5G isn’t going to be the OMG feature that phone purveyors are hoping for.

    Because of how confusing they made the LTE transition with everyone having to come up with some stupid marketing name for their version of it, most people now simply don’t care.

    Galaxy S 11? Yeah, that’s what they read. All the gobbledygook after the 11 is wasted effort. Galaxy S 11 5G UWB 4K is simply seven characters more than any average buyer cares about.

  3. bart

    I am unimpressed by these numbers. It makes zero sense to break out 5G numbers now, as 5G isnt the standard yet. Furthermore, few OEM's have launched a 5G phone, especially in comparison to non-5G phones.

    Like Neil Shah says, 2020 will be the breakout year. Lets have another discussion about 5G phones/market share at the end of this year. Being first doesn't mean anything. Microsoft knows....

  4. robinwilson18

    I'd settle for just being able to make a mobile call from work without having to go and stand outside in the rain!

    Reliable coverage is still very patchy, even in major cities in the UK, especially inside buildings.