The smartphone conversation has slowly shifted. Buzzwords like “foldable smartphone” and “5G smartphone” are capturing more and more headlines. Manufacturers are fiercely competing for the “first” title; whether it’s the first one to the market with a foldable phone, or the first one with a 5G smartphone. Despite being able to see a 5G smartphone commercially available next year, from several manufacturers, it will take some time for these devices to reach mainstream status.
A recent report is citing a study that claims 5G smartphone shipment will only reach volumes in 2021. That’s more than two years after the introduction of such a device. Same can be said, according to the report, about other CPE (consumer premise equipment) and Wi-Fi devices.
DigiTimes Research estimates that only one million 5G phones will be shipped next year By contrast, 5G enabled phones will account for 18% global smartphone shipments in 2022. At the same time, that very number will represent 97% of total 5G end-device shipments. The reason behind the slow adoption or roll-out can vary, from technological limitations to carriers’ efforts in rolling out 5G.