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…

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…