According to a report by The Korea Herald, companies managed to push their 5G smartphone campaign despite all the restrictions imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, Samsung was the global leader in the delivery of 5G smartphones. Interestingly, it was the only company in the top 5 that is not based in China.
The South Korean giant delivered over 8.3 million of a total of 24.1 million units in the first quarter. With this result, the company captured a market share of 34.1%. We have Huawei in a tight second place. The Chinese giant shipped over 8 million 5G phones between January and March. Last year, the company had an early lead with 6.9 million 5G phones, slightly ahead of Samsung's 6.7 million. However, the range of 5G smartphones last year was smaller than this year. The first mid-range phones with the new connectivity standard will be launched in 2020.
The remaining three companies that make up the top 5 in the 5G smartphone market are Vivo, Xiaomi and Oppo. According to the report, Vivo shipped 2.9 million units, while Xiaomi pushed 2.5 million 5G smartphones. Oppo is in fifth place with "only" 1.2 million 5G smartphones and a market share of 5%. The remaining companies that offer 5G phones together manage 5%.
Anything can happen in the second quarter of 2020 as a massive drop in smartphone sales is expected. However, we can already say that Huawei has released more 5G smartphones than Samsung this year. Therefore, these results may vary in the coming months.