iPhone 12 Becomes World’s #1 5G Model Within Two Weeks of Launch

The iPhone 12 became the world’s best-selling 5G smartphone model in October despite a delayed launch, which resulted in only two weeks of sales during the month. The iPhone 12 Pro, which was also launched alongside the iPhone 12, was the second best-selling 5G model for the month, according to Counterpoint Research’s monthly Market Pulse Service. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro together captured close…

5G Connected Cars to Grab 40% of China Market by 2025

Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, London, Seoul, Buenos Aires, San Diego – December 18, 2020 5G connected car sales volume in China will jump to 7.1 million units in 2025, accounting for 40% of the country’s total connected car sales volume, according to the latest research by Counterpoint’s Smart Automotive service. Currently, 4G dominates China’s connected car market. The sales volume of 4G…

How 5G, AI and IoT are Shaping Future of Storage

Overview: The next phase of technological development will be characterized by the combination of three things: 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Use cases driven by this intelligence-centric connectivity will catalyze computing at the edge and endpoints as they effectively become mini data centers and bring a completely new paradigm to storage at the edge. Key…

Government Push to Make China a Leader in 5G Connected Cars

Increasing need for real-time cloud computing and fast cloud-car communication is creating a market for 5G-enabled connected cars. Counterpoint estimates that one out of every four connected cars sold in 2025 will have embedded 5G connectivity. China will account for a majority of such cars sold in the next five years. The Chinese government support for 5G is the key factor responsible for…

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Review: Pinnacle of Android Flagships

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is the first smartphone with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The smartphone flaunts a massive 6.9-inch display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It features a triple rear camera set-up with a 108MP primary camera sensor. 2020 has been a difficult year after the COVID-19 outbreak. But that has not stopped smartphone makers from innovating. The year started with the launch…

5G Picks up Pace in Canada in Q3; Smartphone Installed Base Crosses Half Million in Oct

Toronto, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul – November 24, 2020 Smartphone sales in Canada inclined 13% YoY in Q3 2020, according to Counterpoint’s North America Monthly Channel Share Tracker service. Apple and Samsung together accounted for 86% of the total sales compared to 82% during Q3 2019. In volume terms, Apple inclined 7% YoY despite the new iPhone…

Samsung Note 20 Ultra Top-selling 5G Smartphone Globally in Sept 2020

The Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G was the bestselling model globally in September 2020, capturing 5% share among all 5G models, according to Counterpoint Research’s Global 5G Tracker. The Note 20 Ultra beat Huawei P40 Pro 5G which was the bestselling 5G model in August. Taking one look at this mix can tell us a lot about the status of 5G in the world. Seven out of the top 10 models are from…

On Display at Qualcomm 5G Summit: Mobile Industry’s Acceleration to 5G

As Counterpoint Research has been writing, 5G rollouts and 5G device activations are happening at a much faster pace than LTE. Till October, there were over 90 operators globally which had commercially deployed 5G, while over 300 additional operators had invested in 5G spectrum. Counterpoint predicts there will be 1 billion smartphone activations by 2022. 5G is certainly heating up. Here are the…

Ericsson Profit Surge Driven by 5G Sales in China

Ericsson last week reported a higher than expected 38.5% YoY increase in its Q3 gross profit on revenues of SEK 57.5 ($6.5 billion), driven by a sharp increase in Asia sales. This also helped boost its overall gross margins to 43.1%, up from 37.7% in Q3 2019. Ericsson now has 113 commercial 5G agreements with 65 live networks. The key driver behind the improved financial performance was…

China Smartphone Market Declines 14% YoY in Q3 2020; Over 50% Smartphones Sold Were 5G Capable

Smartphone sales in China recovered slowly with 6% QoQ growth in Q3. But the growth was still down 14% YoY. Xiaomi outperformed the market as the only major OEM to achieve a positive YoY growth in Q3 in China. Huawei continued to lead the market with 45% share in Q3. However, its sales have started to decline.   Beijing, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Seoul, London, San Diego, Buenos Aires –…

Podcast: iPhone 12 to Make 5G Mainstream in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic followed by lockdowns caused the European smartphone market to decline in Q1 2020 and Q2 2020. But as restrictions started easing, the sales bounced back due to the pent-up demand. Though the shipments are still expected to be down year-on-year, the holiday season and iPhone 12 series could offer the much-needed sales boost to the market. Even though Huawei has been…

US 5G Mobile Market Hits an Interesting Acceleration Point

The US 5G market has hit an interesting stage with tons of action. On the mobile operator side, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have all amassed 5G coverage for over 200 million Americans with low-band spectrum. Verizon and AT&T are rapidly deploying mmWave in major metros, stadiums, arenas and businesses. T-Mobile and US Cellular are also committed to mmWave. All these carriers are testing…

New iPhone to Give European 5G a Much-needed Shot in the Arm

5G rollouts are gathering speed across Europe. There are currently 45 live 5G networks across 20 countries in the region[1], including four markets with “full” launches – i.e. markets where all incumbent operators have launched 5G networks (Austria, Finland, Spain and the UK). 32 more operators in a further 13 countries have announced plans to launch, leaving only a handful of markets (mostly in…

5G Smartphones Account for 14% of Total US Smartphone Sales in Aug

5G smartphones to make up around 20% of total sales in 2020. Apple to drive 5G adoption in Q4 2020 with iPhone 12 line-up. Boston, Toronto, London, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – October 6, 2020 5G smartphone sales accounted for 14% of total US sales in August, up from just 3% in January 2020, according to Counterpoint’s latest North America Channel Share Tracker research. Despite the…

Google Looks to Capture Mid-range 5G Device Market With New Pixel 4a and Pixel 5

On September 30, Google launched two Pixel devices — Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. This follows the August 3 launch of the Pixel 4a (a non-5G version), which is yet to hit the shelves in all its key markets, like India. This means that three Pixel devices will be available for retail in most markets by mid-November, which will be a first for the Google Pixel team. With its latest Pixel devices,…

Qualcomm to Drive 5G in Mass Market Smartphones With Snapdragon 4 Series 5G Platform

Qualcomm is the leading supplier of smartphone system-on-chip (SoC) for modem-to-RF-antenna systems and has been extending this lead in the fast-growing 5G smartphone segment as well. 5G smartphone sales grew a massive 1327% globally in June 2020, according to Counterpoint’s Monthly Handset Model Sales Tracker. With the launch of 5G capable Snapdragon 6- and 7-series platforms, the share of…

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G costs $549 to Make and Highlights Qualcomm & Samsung’s Semiconductor Prowess

Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, New Delhi, London, Boston, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires September 9th, 2020 The premium flagship smartphone segment has been the flag-bearer for the latest innovations as points of differentiation brands. While the premium segment is dominated by a handful of players such as Samsung, Apple, Huawei and OnePlus, depending on the markets, the competition has never…

Semiconductor Giants Add Building Blocks for 5G Adoption

There were three key announcements from semiconductor giants Qualcomm and MediaTek during IFA 2020. On the smartphone side, Qualcomm brought 5G into its 4-series platform for entry-level smartphones. The company also rolled out an update to its 5G 8cx compute platform for 2-in-1 laptops. MediaTek continues to look for 5G business opportunities beyond smartphones in 2021. It launched a 5G single…