Slowdown in 5G smartphone business due to corona virus?

Smartphone makers are likely to face slowdown in the supply or demand for 5G smartphones across Asia or worldwide during the first half of 2020.
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The possible slowdown is due to the recent coronavirus scare that is restricting trade in some parts of China, according to Strategy Analytics.

Global 5G smartphone shipments reached 19 million units in 2019, according to Strategy Analytics.

Huawei holds first position with 37 percent global 5G smartphone market share, followed by Samsung in second place at 36 percent share.

Global 5G smartphone shipments to 18.7 million units in 2019. Vendor competition in China and heavy carrier subsidies across South Korea have been the main drivers of 5G demand. “Other regions, like the US and Europe, are lagging behind Asia, but we expect them to close the gap later this year,” Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said.

Huawei is number one and shipped 6.9 million 5G smartphones worldwide in 2019, capturing 37 percent share. Almost all Huawei’s 5G smartphones were shipped in China, where US sanctions have made relatively less impact. Popular 5G models for Huawei include the Mate 20 X 5G and Mate 30 Pro 5G.

Samsung is number two and shipped 6.7 million 5G smartphones worldwide during 2019, capturing 36 percent share. Samsung’s 5G smartphone shipments are international and span a wide spread of countries, from South Korea to the UK to the United States. Popular 5G models for Samsung include the Note 10 5G and S10 5G.

Vivo is the number three 5G smartphone brand and shipped 2 million 5G smartphones in 2019, capturing 11 percent share. Vivo’s 5G smartphone portfolio is heavily focused on China and that remains its primary market for now.

Xiaomi is the number four 5G smartphone maker and shipped 1.2 million 5G smartphones worldwide in 2019, capturing 6 percent share. Xiaomi is making headway in Western Europe, with popular models such as the Mi Mix 3 5G, and teaming up with carriers from Switzerland, UK and elsewhere.

LG is number five and shipped 0.9 million 5G smartphones worldwide in 2019, capturing 5 percent share. LG is focusing its efforts on North America and South Korea, but has limited presence in the rest of the world for now.