5G is still so scarcely available that it is difficult to recommend the purchase of a smartphone with a superfast network connection even at this stage of 2020. However, with the current crop of top-tier flagships all relying on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset and more to come with the Snapdragon 765 G, 5G devices are starting to become much more prevalent.
While the iPhone still dominates sales charts in the US, it’s the top-selling Android smartphone that dominates the 5G sales chart. It’s a clean sweep for Samsung, according to this latest report, as the Samsung Galaxy S20 + accounted for 40% of the 5G market. Of the 3.4 million smartphone shipments enabled by 5G, Samsung actually accounted for 94%— or about 3.2 million units.
Some would think this is a massive portion of the market, but recent statistics show that 5G mobile sales only account for just around 1% of overall US smartphone market share. At least as far as smartphones are concerned, 4G remains King in North America at present.
The top three — again, predictably — 5G smartphones in Q1 2020 were the Samsung Galaxy S20 +, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S20. Motorola, LG, OnePlus, and TCL’s other 5G-enabled smartphone accounts for just 6% of sales. Whereas the results from Strategy Analytics tend to have a difference of 1%.
New York and Los Angeles prove to be the 5G mobile hotspots, which again, considering the introduction of 5G networks in these regions, isn’t too shocking. Without a doubt, Samsung will look to secure a lead ahead of the competition, as a future 5G-enabled iPhone will likely see a complete change in that data if Apple launched such a smartphone later this year.