A new smartphone market survey by Counterpoint reveals that 5G enabled smartphones’ accounted for more than 50% of all smartphone sales in January, setting a new record. And the strong demand for Apple iPhone 13 paved the way to achieve that mile, accounting for more than a third of all 5G smartphone sales.
iPhone 12 series was Apple’s first 5G enable smartphone models which instantly became a massive hit with the consumers, especially the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models. the iPhone 12 model became the best-selling 5G smartphone in the world with a 25% market share and the successful launch of the iPhone 13 series continued Apple’s 5G supercycle.
The popularity of the iPhone 13 in China enabled Apple to lead the 5G smartphone market with a 37% share
According to the report, 5G enables smartphones accounted for 51% of units sold and Apple led the market with a 37% share of China’s smartphone market.
Phones with the advanced technology made up 51% of units sold, according to Counterpoint Research data. 5G connectivity is seen as a key enabler for transformative technologies such as autonomous driving and factory automation, with China being among the most aggressive nations in expanding its availability. China’s telecom watchdog has said the country will push 5G coverage by adding 600,000 base stations this year, elevating the total number to well above 2 million. The country also drives 5G handset sales for the world’s biggest mobile manufacturers […]
Apple’s market-leading 37% was also boosted by its strong position in the country.
Previously, it was reported that driven by iPhone 13 success, Apple became China’s #1 smartphone brand, after six years, with the highest-ever 23% market share in Q4, 2021.
The Chinese smartphone market saw lower sales because of supply constraints impacting OEMs shipments, low demand, longer replacement cycle, and failure of OEMs to give consumers attractive products for upgrades.
In such a homogenous smartphone market, Apple delivered iPhone 13 series, an advanced 5G smartphone with a high-quality camera, at a lower price.
The newly launched iPhone SE 3 with 5G network support is likely to boost Apple’s 5G smartphone market share further.
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