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Huawei Outsold Samsung in 5G Phone Sales in 2019, Whatever Next?

An impressive 6.9 million devices were sold by the company in 2019 despite the ongoing US trade drama

Arch rival, Samsung, managed 6.7 million devices which means that they bagged less than 50% of the market, a notable dip in the numbers predicted by analysts.

Huawei started the year with just one 5G device, the Mate 20X but in October the Mate 30 5G and Mate 30 Pro 5G launched which simply flew out the door in China.

The Mate 30 RS Porsche Design in November lifted the numbers even higher along with the Nova 6 5G which swooped in at the end of the year.

Add to this the 500k foldable Mate X units already sold and Huawei were soaring and untouchable by the end of the year.

Huawei Mate 20x 5G phone
The Huawei Mate 20 X is one of the UK’s first 5G phones and is available now.

More manufacturers are putting their 5G hats in the ring so they are unlikely to hold onto their market share unfortunately. TCL had a new device to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this year as did Coolpad (you may not have heard of them yet, but then that was Huawei a few years back).

To add to the mix, Xiaomi and Realme revealed budget 5G handsets in China recently so there will be actually be a bit of choice for the consumer to experience the extra ‘G’ ‘without breaking the bank.

5G is currently rolling out across the UK from EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three so this is an exciting and untapped market for the manufacturer that can get the feature vs price-point vs availability balance correct.

So what is so cool about 5G anyway?

  • It gives you a better and more reliable connection in busy places e.g. festivals.
  • Mobile speeds will be faster than ever which means that downloading films onto your phone will take seconds instead of minutes.
  • It will be possible to stream in the highest resolutions so sporting events can be viewed in all their glory.
  • There is an almost instant internet connection with 5G which is super important for gamers as it means response times are improved when playing online games such as Call of Duty.
  • There are also new possibilities for augmented and virtual reality experiences on the move.

5G is often referred to as the ‘network of networks’ in the way that it is set to lead to smart factories, driverless cars, holographic technology, 5G TV’s and distance health care for patients. It will also be a boon for businesses and the rural community with workers being able to work and operate machinery from afar and be “present” without actually being present. 5G is set to enable brand new markets too and could create 22 million jobs by 2035 according to Qualcomm.

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