Although sales of smartphones will be lower this year than in 2019 (10.7% lower according to Canalys), a respectable role is still expected by part of the models with 5G capabilities.

Worldwide shipments of this type of smartphones should reach 280 million units , mainly thanks to the Christmas campaign and the contribution of Greater China and its 172 million 5G terminals out of the 278 million planned.

North America will be the second region with the largest contribution to 5G smartphones (42 million), followed by EMEA ( 31 million ). “5G devices at quite aggressive prices are already available in Europe, such as the Motorola G 5G Plus and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G”, comments about this Ben Stanton, Senior Analyst at Canalys. «But with many markets focused on Apple , like the UK, there is a large customer base willing to wait for an iPhone with 5G» .

«Another headache for mobile operators in Europe», explains, «is the current uncertainty around Huawei , as it seems increasingly likely that supply chain constraints hamper their volume potential. ”

“For a long time it was expected that Huawei would play an important role in the adoption of smartphones 5G”, recalls this expert, “and other brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo and TCL are already positioning themselves to fill any voids that appear ”.