5G smartphone price will be high and sale to reach 110 mn by 2021

The 5G smartphone shipments are expected to reach 110 million units by 2021, according to Counterpoint Research.
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Sale of 5G smartphones will grow once countries shift from non-standalone to standalone 5G infrastructure.

“We also expect 5G chips to have a higher price point which will initially drive the cost of devices up. 5G capable devices will be premium only in the beginning. Also only a handful of countries will be deploying the first 5G infrastructure,” Research Director Tom Kang said in a statement.

Intel and Qualcomm are in the process of bringing out 5G chipsets for the communication industry.

The US, Korea, China and Japan will be key markets for 5G infrastructure development and growth of smartphone sales.

“We are seeing some great initial developments happening in the US, South Korea, China, and Japan and expect growth to be concentrated in these countries due to their big roll-out plans for 5G starting in 2019,” said Research Analyst Maurice Klaehne.

Other countries, especially in Europe, are more likely to leapfrog to standalone 5G as they will want to wait for concrete business cases to arise, before fully committing to the transition.

The overall handset market will slow to a CAGR of 1-2 percent from 2018-2021 due to market saturation and product innovations that are not spurring growth.

The report said 5G devices will begin gaining in share in the market, but overall transition to 5G could be slow and steady.