Article by: Strategy Analytics
Global shipments of 5G smartphones shot up 458% year-on-year, reaching a record 133.9 million in the first quarter of 2021.
The rapid adoption of 5G technology in China is driving demand for 5G smartphones, according to new research from Strategy Analytics. Apple and the national trio OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi benefited most as demand exploded, with all three shutting down Apple as they capture 16%, 14% and 12% global market share, respectively, in the quarter.
Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, associate director of Strategy Analytics, said: “Global shipments of 5G smartphones shot up 458% year-on-year, from 24 million units in the first quarter of 2020 to a record 133 , 9 million in the first quarter of 2021. High demand in China, a strong push from Apple’s iPhone and a wave of Android models at a valuable price fueled a fourth record for 5G phone shipments. “
Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple shipped a record 40.4 million iPhone 5Gs worldwide during the first quarter of 2021, based on its strong performance of 52 million shipments worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2020.
“Apple iPhone is the clear 5G leader with a market share of 30% of 5G smartphones worldwide during the quarter. The Apple iPhone 12 5G is becoming very popular in China, Europe and the United States because of its sleek hardware design and surprisingly competitive pricing, ”said Ken Hyers, director of Strategy Analytics.
“We estimate that OPPO captured 16% of its global 5G smartphone market share in the first quarter of 2021, rather than doubling its 7% share in the first quarter of 2020. OPPO has advanced ahead of domestic competitors Vivo and Xiaomi, taking advantage of Huawei’s collapse in 5G smartphones to capture share.OPPO’s A55 5G and Reno 5 5G have become popular in China.We estimate that Vivo increased its global share of smartphones 5G smartphones in the first quarter of 2021, up 646% year-on-year in volumes of 19.4 million, ranking third in global 5G smartphone shipments during the quarter, ”said Yiwen Wu, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics .
Woody Oh, director of Strategy Analytics, added: “We estimate that Samsung shipped 17.0 million 5G smartphones worldwide during the first quarter of 2021, compared to 8.3 million in the first quarter of 2020. Samsung has a market share of 13% in worldwide 5G phone shipments in the first quarter of 2021, down 35% in the first quarter of 2020. The increase in 5G volumes in China, coupled with the Apple factor, inevitably had a negative impact on the share despite Samsung’s impressive product diversity in 5G.Xiaomi completed the world’s top 5 5G phone providers in volumes of 16.6 million 5G smartphones shipped, above the 2.5 million in the first quarter of 2020. Xiaomi captured 12% of the global 5G smartphone market in the first quarter of 2021. ”