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5G phone sales set to increase this year

2020-3-17 14:23

Shoppers look at a foldable 5G smartphone at Huawei's flagship store in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province. [Photo by Long Wei/For China Daily]

 

Shipments of 5G smartphones are set to increase in China, as the intensified push to expedite the rollout of the superfast wireless technology will help revive handset sales, analysts said on Monday.

 

Li Huaibin, a senior analyst at Omedia, a global telecom research and consulting institute, said although the novel coronavirus outbreak is affecting 4G smartphone sales, it would have little impact on 5G phones.

 

The comments came after shipments of phones declined 56 percent year-on-year to 6.38 million units in February, as the epidemic affected the sales and plants' production capabilities, the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, a government think tank, said in its latest report.

 

Despite the plunge, the combined shipments of 5G smartphones in January and February reached 78.4 million units, accounting for 28.8 percent of all handsets shipped, the report said.

 

More importantly, smartphone vendors hold positive market expectations and are betting big on 5G-the industry's new engine for growth, despite the current challenges.

 

Smartphone vendors including Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme and Black Shark all released their flagship 5G smartphones in the past two months, mainly targeted at the high-end market.

 

According to GFK, an international market research institute, global 5G smartphone shipments are expected to reach 170 million units this year, with China accounting for 110 million units, or 65 percent of the global shipments.

 

Liu Zuohu, CEO and founder of smartphone vendor OnePlus, said the company's next generation of smartphones will all be powered by 5G.

 

Last year, OnePlus' 5G smartphones accounted for 11 percent of the US 5G smartphone market, which is still in its early stages, according to data from market research agency Counterpoint.

 

As China accelerates the construction of 5G networks this year, more cities will be covered with the superfast technology, which will spur consumers to quickly upgrade their devices, analysts said.

 

The China Center for Information Industry Development, another government think tank, forecast that China's 5G industry will generate a direct output of 484 billion yuan ($69 billion) this year.

 

在浙江省会杭州的华为旗舰店,顾客们在看一款可折叠的5G智能手机。[中国日报龙薇摄]


分析师周一表示,5G智能手机在中国的出货量将会增加,因为加速推出这种超高速无线技术的力度加大,将有助于重振手机销售。


全球电信研究与咨询机构奥美迪亚(Omedia)的高级分析师李怀滨表示,尽管新型冠状病毒的爆发正在影响4G智能手机的销售,但它对5G手机的影响不大。


政府智库中国信息通信研究院(China Academy of Information and Communications Technology)在其最新报告中表示,由于疫情影响了手机销售和工厂的生产能力,2月份手机出货量同比下降56%,至638万部。


报告称,尽管销量暴跌,但1月和2月5G智能手机的总出货量达到了7840万部,占所有手机出货量的28.8%。


更重要的是,尽管面临当前的挑战,智能手机供应商对市场抱有积极的预期,并在5g这个行业的新增长引擎上押下重注。


包括三星、华为、Oppo、小米、Vivo、Realme和黑鲨在内的智能手机厂商都在过去两个月发布了他们的旗舰5G智能手机,主要针对高端市场。


根据国际市场研究机构GFK的数据,今年全球5G智能手机出货量预计将达到1.7亿部,其中中国占1.1亿部,占全球出货量的65%。


智能手机供应商一加(OnePlus)的首席执行官兼创始人刘作虎表示,该公司的下一代智能手机都将使用5G。


根据市场研究机构Counterpoint的数据,去年,一加的5G智能手机占美国5G智能手机市场的11%,而美国的5G智能手机市场仍处于早期阶段。


分析人士表示,随着中国今年加快建设5G网络,更多城市将覆盖这种超高速技术,这将刺激消费者迅速升级他们的设备。


另一家政府智库中国信息产业发展中心预测,中国的5G产业今年将产生4840亿元(690亿美元)的直接产值。

 

原作者: Ma Si 来自: china daily