Qualcomm expects global shipments of 5G-ready smartphones to reach 450 million in 2021

Shawn Knight

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Qualcomm at its annual Analyst Day in New York City this week said it expects global shipments of 5G-capable smartphones to reach 450 million in 2021. Another 750 million units are forecasted to ship the following year, the chipmaker added.

The company previously said it expects between 175 million and 225 million 5G devices will ship in 2020.

Qualcomm further noted that it anticipates 5G adoption will be faster than that of 4G due to the availability of chipsets across varying price points and the timing of 5G commercialization in China.

What’s more, mobile devices are far more prevalent today than they were when 4G LTE launched close to a decade ago meaning handset manufacturers will have more of a financial incentive to expedite the rollout.

Were you quick to jump aboard the 4G LTE train? Are you planning on purchasing a 5G-ready smartphone within the next year or so, or maybe you’ve already done so? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
The real question is whether 5G will gain universal acceptance. There seem to be enough issues such as limited distance, interference from walls and other structures, and the as yet unanswered question about probable health effects from prolonged exposure; all of which could sink it's success. Can't blame their aggressiveness but this is a case where it may be an extreme gamble ....