None of them had a 5G network worth a damn, but buyers of $1,000+ S20 phones are thinking ahead. 93% of 3.4 million 5G phones sold in the first three months were Samsung S20's, the first three bars in the illustration. Other phones were only 7%. T-Mobile is now offering an OnePlus and an LG for $700, so will not continue that dominant. Apple 5G won't be out until late fall.
I'm guessing that Verizon pushed premium buyers to the Samsung 5G and they were willing to spend the extra. One reason my estimate for 5G in 2020 is probably the highest in the world is I believe that many will choose 5G phones as the price gap narrows.
In Europe, 5G phone prices are down to 400 euros. In China, many are under US$300 and falling. The difference between 4G and 5G phones may be as little as $50-75. 90% of Korea is covered with 5G. 50% of China will be covered yearend and most of the U.S. and probably Japan in 2021. In those countries, 5G phones are or soon will be the right choice for all but the poor. Most people keep phones 3-5 years.
5G numbers in the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland are becoming almost meaningless. Verizon, DT, and Swisscom will use dynamic spectrum sharing for "5G" in bands below 2100. The speeds will be the same and often lower than 4G, making "5G" figures nearly meaningless.
Here is the report from Strategy Analytics, whose numbers generally are accurate.
May 20, 2020 04:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G was the bestselling 5G smartphone model in the United States in the first quarter of 2020, capturing an impressive marketshare of 40 percent. Samsung already dominates the US 5G market, taking all the top spots.
Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Among the 5G segment, Samsung took all three of the top 3 positions in the US in Q1 2020."
Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “US 5G smartphone shipments reached a total of 3.4 million units in Q1 2020. The 5G segment accounted for 12 percent of all smartphones shipped in the United States during Q1 2020, up from zero in Q1 2019. All 5G smartphone models for now use Android software, with Apple iPhone expected to deliver its 5G range later this year.”
Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Among the 5G segment, Samsung took all three of the top 3 positions in the US in Q1 2020. Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G is the number one bestselling 5G smartphone model and accounted for a healthy 40 percent share of all 5G smartphones shipped in the US during the quarter. Samsung’s S20+ 5G smartphone is popular with affluent professionals in major cities like New York and LA. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is the second most popular 5G smartphone model in the US today, taking 30 percent marketshare in Q1 2020. The Ultra 5G model is the peak of Samsung’s smartphone range and delivers pro-grade photography in a sleek design. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 5G held third position with 24 percent share, making it a clean sweep for the popular S20 range at the summit of the 5G charts.”
Juha Winter, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The US 5G smartphone race has begun. Samsung is off to an early lead, soaring well ahead of its main Android rivals such as Motorola, LG, OnePlus, and TCL. Early 5G adopters are willing to pay extra for the fastest possible mobile experience, and this is driving solid revenue growth for Samsung and its operator partners in North America. Of course, everyone is waiting for Apple to make its next 5G iPhone move, which we expect to happen later in the year. Samsung and others must rapidly expand their 5G presence during the upcoming summer period, and grab as many 5G customers as they can, before the iPhone juggernaut lands in Q3 or Q4 2020.”