A nerve war has erupted between Samsung Electronics and Huawei over the No. 1 position in 5G smartphone sales. Huawei claimed on Jan. 15 that it has sold 6.9 million 5G phones. The announcement came 10 days after Samsung Electronics disclosed that it sold 6.7 million units in 2019.
Samsung Electronics announced on Jan. 3 that it sold 6.7 million units of the Galaxy S10 5G, the Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy A90 5G and the Galaxy Fold worldwide in 2019. In addition, it quoted market research firm Counterpoint Research as saying that the Korean smartphone giant enjoyed a 53.9 percent share of the global 5G smartphone market by November 2019. This means that one out of two global 5G phones was the Samsung Electronics Galaxy smartphone last year,.
However, Huawei immediately refuted it. Huawei announced through its Weibo account on Jan. 15 that its 2019 5G phone shipments exceeded 6.9 million units. The Chinese smartphone giant launched the Mate20X 5G, the Mate30 5G, the MateX 5G, and budget 5G smartphones in China last year.
The 5G smartphone competition between the two is expected to heat up this year. Unlike last year when 5G services were commercialized only in some countries such as Korea and the United States, more countries are planning to launch commercial 5G services this year. Accordingly, the 5G phone market is expected to grow fast this year.