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Apple Dominates 5G Smartphone Shipments for 2021

by Ville-Petteri Ukonaho | Feb 01, 2022

For the full year 2021 Apple took the peak position with huge margin. Apple shipped more 5G smartphones that two next combined giving the vendor 31.1% share of the market. Apple’s success is based on its ability to transform entire portfolio to 5G. 84% of Apple’s shipments in 2021 were from 5G smartphones.

  • 5G is growing fast in all regions
  • Apple is the leading 5G device vendor with a huge margin
  • Xiaomi has managed to solidify its position as world’s second largest 5G vendor
  • Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo have taken the lost Huawei share in most regions.
  • Chinese vendors are leading the 5G vendor shipments. 8/10 of top 10 vendors are Chinese.
  • Lenovo-Motorola, Realme and HMD (Nokia) were the fastest growing vendors for 2021.
Clients of our Device Technologies (EDT) service can learn more about which smartphone vendors shipped the most 5G phones each quarter by different regions in the report Global 5G Smartphone Vendor Market Share by Region: Q4 2021.

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