The effects of the pandemic and other negative factors have affected shipments of 5G-enabled smartphones to a lesser extent than shipments of smartphones in general. This is the conclusion reached by the specialists of the analytical company ABI Research, noting the growth of diversity in this segment, including through the release of more affordable models. According to analysts, the market is rapidly moving to 5G. It is predicted that 681 million smartphones will be shipped in 2022 with support for next-generation networks.

681 million 5G smartphones will be shipped in 2022

Experts believe that in the face of increasing supply, manufacturers will become increasingly challenged to differentiate flagship models, that is, to distinguish them against the background of competitors’ products with certain advantages, which should help increase profitability.

ABI Research expects new flagship devices from leading manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and OPPO to support UWB and Wi-Fi 6, new camera technologies and ultra-fast charging, as well as form factor innovations, including foldable and retractable displays. …

The proliferation of 5G is seen not only in smartphones. Analysts believe 5G and always-on connectivity will increasingly be seen in tablets, Chromebooks and laptops. Although the share of such devices is still very small, it is expected that already in 2022 their sales will exceed 10 million units.

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