Apple and Samsung Flagship Devices Driving Shipments of 5G mmWave Smartphones

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By David McQueen | 2Q 2021 | IN-6192


5G mmWave Smartphones to Account for a Quarter of All 5G Smartphone Shipments in 2021


According to ABI Research, the global 5G smartphones market is set to show phenomenal growth in 2021, reaching over 500m units, driven by an acceleration down the price tiers improving affordability and adoption. Forming an integral part of this volume is the expected rise in shipments of mmWave-enabled phones, accounting for 25% of 5G sales in 2021, compared to less than 7% in 2020, growing to command a 43% share by 2026.

Resolution of Complexity and Ecosystem Expansion Behind Extensive Growth of 5G mmWave Smartphones


The 5G smartphone market is becoming the most accelerated mobile technology generation ever, offering an extensive opportunity across the network options of both 5G sub-6 Gigahertz (GHz) and mmWave, which can enable ultra-fast data throughput using very short-range networks. Up until now the use of mmWave in smartphones has been limited at best, but this is about to change. By implementing mmWave technology in tight combination with 5G New Radio (NR) sub-6 GHz…

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