TSMC has optimistic predictions of 300 million 5G phones being sold next year

Peter, 16 October 2019

Besides the premium chipsets, orders for 5G modems are keeping TSMC’s 7nm fabs running at full capacity. This has lead the company to conclude that the demand for 5G smartphones next year will reach 300 million units.

The info comes from a leaked internal report and is much more optimistic than what others are predicting – they say 200 million units or less. Either way, it will be a major increase in demand compared to this year.

Strategy Analytics estimates that 5G smartphones will make up only 1% of total sales this year. Next year, the number will be 10 times bigger. Five years from now almost half of phones sold will have 5G connectivity.

TSMC has optimistic predictions of 300 million 5G phones being sold next year

What's stopping most consumers from jumping on the 5G bandwagon today is the cost of devices as well as the relatively sparse coverage. But more affordable devices are on the way and carriers are constantly rolling out 5G to new cities.

Currently, Samsung is the market leader thanks to strong sales in its home country of South Korea. However, Huawei is predicted to ship 80 million 5G phones in China next year – that would be half of all shipments as Strategy Analytics estimates a total of only 160 million. Anyway, Samsung has only 1% market share in China so it will likely have to find other regions to sell its 5G phones.

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Funny i can name at least 10 countries which dont even have 4G so a 5G and 300 million devices is a big lie. They can i mean people can buy even the 3 billion of 5G devices but will use only a4G network.

i do have a 5G handset, and although there is no 5G coverage at the moment, there will be soon. I dont plan on changing my handset anytime soon so this will last well into the 5G era. the handset cost wise was similar enough to other high end han...

  • Anonymous

Get 100+ mbps on 4G ,can wait a few more years for 5G.....