BoM Analysis: Galaxy S21 Ultra Costs 7% Less Than Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Beijing, Boston, Toronto, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul - April 22, 2021 The Galaxy S21 series makes a big leap in computing performance with its shift from 7nm to 5nm chipsets. Samsung’s ecosystem contributes as high as 63% of the total BoM cost of the Galaxy S21 international edition. Producing a 128GB Galaxy S21 Ultra mmWave smartphone costs Samsung up to $533,…

Snapdragon 780G 5G Brings Premium Features for Less, Starting with Mi 11 Lite 5G

The Snapdragon 780G mobile platform is built on Samsung's 5nm node. It brings support for Sub-6Ghz 5G and Wi-Fi 6E.  The chip supports 144Hz refresh rate and other flagship features. Towards the end of March 2021, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 780G 5G platform for high-tier smartphones. Successor to the Snapdragon 750G 5G, and built on Samsung's 5nm process, the new chipset brings…

Rogers Looks to Strengthen 5G Position with Acquisition of Canada’s Fourth Largest Carrier, Shaw Communications

Rogers Communications is to acquire Shaw Communications in a transaction valued at $20.8 billion. The 5G opportunity is the key focus of the merger. At present, Rogers is in the lead for 5G rollouts in Canada and remains well-positioned to monetize 5G while leveraging its premium subscriber base. The deal will allow Rogers to be more aggressive with its 5G investment and rollouts. 5G…

Podcast: 5G Smartphone Shipments to Double in 2021 Despite Component Shortages

We saw the first wave of 5G smartphone launches in H1 2019 with prices above $1,000. These premium smartphones gave way to a completely new pricing landscape in just around a year, with the most affordable 5G smartphone coming under $200 in China in 2020. Moving into 2021, we have the ongoing issue of component shortages across the semiconductor industry. In our previous podcast, we discussed…

T-Mobile Bets Big on its 5G Network Lead

T-Mobile unveiled its 2021 goals in its first analyst day in years and first with CEO Mike Sievert at the helm. Key goals for 2021 and beyond include leading in 5G for years to come, expanding into under-indexed markets, unlocking the synergies of its merger with Sprint, and delivering better financial results outside of winning the net add game. Source: T-Mobile T-Mobile claims network…

Consumer is King as US 5G Device Prices Set to Hit New Low in 2021

The year 2020 saw growing adoption of 5G devices throughout the United States, driven in part by the launch of the first 5G enabled iPhone in the fourth quarter. While this flagship helped push 5G further into the mainstream for consumers, there was also considerable movement towards 5G in the low-to-mid price segment in the second half of 2021. With expanding 5G coverage and OEMs looking to meet…

LG Wing 5G Review: A Sidekick Among Foldables

The LG Wing 5G is an innovative dual-screen smartphone where the primary display swivels to reveal the secondary screen. Under the hood is a 7nm Snapdragon 765G SoC with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The smartphone supports 5G, wireless charging and a special gimbal mode camera among other features. LG, which was once the third-largest handset manufacturer globally, has been…

Smartphone Market Rebounds in Netherlands, Denmark, Finland in Q4 2020; 5G Penetration Crosses 50% of Shipments

London, Boston, Toronto, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – February 22, 2021 Smartphone shipments in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Finland showed positive QoQ growth in Q4 2020 largely thanks to strong demand for the Apple iPhone 12 series, even as some regions remained under partial lockdown, according to Counterpoint Research’s latest analysis of the European smartphone market. Out of the…

Comparing Mid-range 5G Smartphones for Around $700 and Below

5G smartphone prices are coming down rapidly. We had to revise down our forecasts for 5G smartphone prices during 2020 and, consequently, our volume estimates up. At the end of 2020, realme offered the lowest price on a 5G smartphone with a retail price of around $150 in China. Heading into 2021, the range of 5G smartphones continues to broaden, and with Qualcomm launching 5G on its Snapdragon…

Virtual Summit: ET Telecom: The 5G Congress 2021

Our Research Vice President Neil Shah and Associate Research Director Gareth Owen will be attending the “5G Congress 2021” by ET Telecom on 25th and 26th February 2021. Overview of the event: The fifth-generation (5G) technology is set to bring the next wave of disruption in the telecom sector, with an array of cross-industry applications that are poised to further boost telecom carriers'…

A Top 5G Stock to Watch This Earnings Season

Counterpoint Research estimates Galaxy S21 shipments could surpass those of the Galaxy S20 by the middle of this year. That wouldn't be surprising as Samsung has slashed the base prices of the Galaxy S21 models by $200 compared to the previous S20 lineup. Read more  

Ericsson – Ready For an Open, Cloud-Native 5G World?

With 124 commercial 5G agreements and 79 live networks announced to date, Ericsson is the leading 5G vendor in terms of contract wins and is leveraging its early market lead to benefit from the absence of Chinese rivals. Under CEO Börje Ekholm, Ericsson has executed a dramatic turnaround during the last three years. Key to this success has been sustained investment in R&D coupled with the…

5G mmWave: Ecosystem & Economics Becoming Attractive (Part 1)

Read the part 2 of 5G mmWave: Ecosystem, Economics Becoming Attractive here. Change is in the air. COVID-19 has wrought massive changes on how people work, learn and interact. New technology can enable the accelerated changes caused by the pandemic to become a positive transformation with benefits accruing in many directions. While 5G  is a key to unlocking part of this potential…

vivo V20 Pro 5G: Impressive Design, Capable Cameras and 5G Make it a Promising Upgrade

The vivo V20 Pro 5G features one of the slimmest designs at 7.49 mm. Under the hood is a 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC with Sub-6GHz 5G support. The smartphone comes with 33W fast-charging support. After the success of the vivo V19, the company launched its successor, the V20, towards the end of 2020. But this time around, vivo launched three models in the series, a strategy similar to what…

MediaTek’s new chipsets pack in features for high-end phones — but not faster 5G

There are really only four companies in the world making 5G chips: Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and Huawei. Samsung and Huawei largely only use their 5G chips in their own devices. Qualcomm supplied 5G modems for the vast majority of high-end phones last year, including Apple's iPhone 12 lineup. MediaTek, for its part, has predominantly provided modems to Asian handset makers, something that…

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…

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…