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5G smartphones expected to reach 12% of market by year-end: Gartner Featured

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The global share of 5G smartphones will grow from 12% in 2020 to 43% in 2022, the technology research firm Gartner has forecast, with the entire mobile phone market poised to grow 1.7% this year.

The firm pointed out that smartphone shipments were weak in 2019, exhibiting a 2% decline year-on-year.

Any growth in 2020 would be largely in Greater China and emerging Asia/Pacific markets, it added.

“[The year] 2020 will witness a slight market recovery,” said Ranjit Atwal, research senior director at Gartner. “Increased availability of 5G handsets will boost mobile phone replacements, which will lead global device shipments to return to growth in 2020.

“From 2020, Gartner expects an increase in 5G phone adoption as prices decrease, 5G service coverage increases and users have better experiences with 5G phones.

"The market will experience a further increase in 2023, when 5G handsets will account for over 50% of the mobile phones shipped.”

Overall shipments of all devices — PCs, tablets and mobile phones — are expected to show marginal growth of 0.9%, up from 2.15 billion units to 2.16 billion units.

Atwal predicted that about 80% of Windows users — one billion — would migrate to Windows 10 by the end of 2020.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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