Samsung last year shipped more than 6.7 million 5G Galaxy smartphones worldwide and says that as of November it controlled 53.9% of the market for 5G devices. Five Galaxy devices offer 5G capabilities: The S10 5G, the Note 10 5G, the Note10+ 5G, the A90 5G and the Fold 5G. The latter two launched recently.
“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,” TM Roh, President and Head of Research and Development at Samsung Electronics’ IT & Mobile Communications Division, said in a press release. “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.”
The press release included commentary from Neil Shah, the Vice President of Research at Counterpoint Research. He said that 5G will have a “break out year.” 5G comprised only 1% of global smartphone sales last year, but the number will rise to 18% in 2020, an increase of 1,687%. Shah said Samsung was a leading 5G player in 2019, with end-to-end offerings including offerings in the semiconductors, mobile devices, networking equipment areas and contributions to 3GPP standards efforts.
Samsung’s move into 5G will continue in the new year. The company plans to launch the Galaxy Tab S6 5G in Korea during the first quarter of the year. It will be the first in the tablet series to have 5G capabilities.