2020 was the year in which 5G began to make its way concretely in the market, making its way through the difficulties and unforeseen events of the pandemic and conspiracy that chose it as the absolute enemy. We have seen how, according to analysts' estimates, for 50% of smartphones to become compatible with new generation networks will be needed until 2023. But how did things go this year, and how will they go in the coming months?
According to the estimates provided by Canalys, 2020 will close with a total of 278 million 5G smartphones sold globally. Of these, 172 million will be sold in the Chinese market alone: we are therefore talking about a percentage equal to 62% of the total.
The predictions for 2021 instead say that 5G smartphones sold in the rest of the world are destined to increase, almost to double. Not only will 5G smartphones in the coming months be more and more, but the access threshold will be lower and lower: Realme V3, released in China on September 1, is the first 5G device with a list price of less than 150 dollars (precisely 999 yuan, or 122 euros – or 146 dollars). A milestone that even exceeded the expectations of analysts, who had placed it three months later.
The average price of 5G smartphones in Europe in 2021 is expected to drop to € 642, and continue a steady decline to € 400 in 2024. It will be Apple and Samsung, two reference manufacturers, to keep the average price bar high with the success of their high-end proposals.
The best quality / price ratio of 2020? Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite, on offer today by Tecnosell at 263 euros or from Media World at 305 euros.