Apple Expected to Lead 5G Smartphone Shipments in 2020

"It may seem counterintuitive that Apple, which now has no 5G phones in its portfolio will be able to pass current 5G market leaders Samsung and Huawei", comments Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics.

Hyers went on to suggest that whilst Samsung is the current "undisputed" 5G smartphone vendor, Huawei and Apple would both pass it in 2020 thanks to their dominant presence in the Chinese and US markets respectively.

Samsung is now the "undisputed market leader in 5G smartphones", but that's not a particularly high bar for the rival smartphone maker to reach, considering it's marketing its new models with bleeding-edge technology in a market that's relatively free of competition - not only from Apple, but even from many rival Android smartphone makers. However, as per a report by market research firm Strategy Analytics, though Samsung would begin 2020 as the leader in 5G smartphone, Apple would take the lead in the 5G race by the end of next year.

Of course, with Apple expected to offer 5G on all of its 2020 iPhones, as well as likely featuring new designs and other exciting new features, there's a good chance that pent-up demand will make the upgrade rates even higher. "But with the two largest 5G markets in 2020, China and the U.S., dominated by Huawei and Apple respectively, these two vendors are set to lead in 5G next year". Although Kuo has not addressed whether this phone will be 5G compatible or not, Apple is not expected to add that capability to this specific model. Kuo originally believed that only the two higher-end iPhones coming in 2020 would support 5G, but later revised his prediction. This despite accusations by some critics that not putting 5G in the iPhone 11 would put Apple far behind its rivals. We're expecting a total of three iPhones in 2020, including a 5.4-inch model, a 6.7-inch model, and a 6.1-inch model.

The three models of 5G iPhone are expected to replace the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. He notes that Samsung will eventually recapture the number one position, thanks to its overall dominance of the smartphone market and the fact that it has a wider portfolio of devices across more price points. At the same time, Huawei's success has some limits - the USA trade ban.

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