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5G Leads in Global Handset Shipments – All Other Technologies in Decline

by Ken Hyers | 5月 05, 2022

Global 5G handset shipments continued to grow in Q1 2022, even as shipments of 4G LTE, 3G and 2G handset shipments declined on an annualized basis in the quarter.  For the second quarter in a row 5G smartphones led in overall handset technologies by shipments in the quarter.

5G Takes the Lead in Handsets

Samsung, which achieved its highest smartphone market share in five years in the quarter, was the overall handset leader in Q1 2022, capturing one in five handsets shipped globally in the quarter. It was followed by Apple, and between the two of them, the companies accounted for just over one third of all handsets shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2022.

Apple was the 5G smartphone shipments leader, accounting for one in three of all 5G handsets shipped worldwide, while Samsung accounted for one in four.  Between them the two companies shipped over half of all 5G smartphones globally, taking the lion’s share of the most profitable segment of the handset market.

Chinese vendors Xiaomi, OPPO, vivo, Honor, Realme, OnePlus, Lenovo-Motorola and TCL-Alcatel rounded out the global top-10 5G smartphone vendors in Q1 2022.  These eight vendors took just over 40% of the rest of the 5G smartphone segment.  While a long-tail of other vendors followed in 5G, none of the rest captured even a single percentage point of share of the 5G smartphone market.

Clients of our Device Technologies (EDT) service can find the details in the report Vendor Share : Global Handset Market by Technology : Q1 2022.  

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