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Samsung Tops 5G Phone Shipments in Q1

Samsung Electronics has topped first-quarter shipments for 5G smartphones in 2020, according to market tracker Strategy Analytics. The company is closely tracked by Chinese giant, Huawei, in the 5G phone niche.

The news comes after Q1Y20 recorded a 17% year-on-year drop in global smartphone shipments – the worst quarterly performance on record.

For Q1, global 5G smartphone shipments actually grew 24.1 million.

Samsung Electronics snared the top spot with 8.3 million units globally, notching 34.4% market share.

Chinese rival Huawei came in second with 8 million shipped in the quarter – roughly a 33.2% share. 

Market commentators claim Samsung has currently snared over 80% of the Aussie 5G market, with new entrants like Oppo trailing despite its comparatively affordable alternatives – prompting retailer price drops.

The Korean giant has continued to expand its 5G smartphone portfolio, also expanding to its more affordable A-Series franchise rather than ‘flagships.’

Commentators speculate Huawei’s dominance in the 5G market could be different than global numbers after its home country of China is factored out, following WSJ reports Huawei has struggled after loosing access to Google’s Android.

Latest numbers reveal Samsung and Huawei occupy over 67% of the global 5G smartphone market share, with Vivo trailing in third place with 12% share.

Oppo came in fifth place with around a 5% global share in the 5G smartphone market, shipping 1.2 million units during the quarter.

iPhone manufacturer, Apple, is expected to reveal its first 5G smartphones later this year, after inking a truce with Qualcomm to use its 5G chipsets.

The Cupertino tech giant is developing its own 5G modems to reduce reliance on other vendors, however, the components are reportedly not ready.

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