PC Magazine is reporting that Samsung has announced it shipped 6.7 million 5G phones in 2019, giving 53.9 percent of the global market.
As PC Magazine points out, this figure is somewhat surprising since there were only a grand total of 327,696 5G phones sold in the U.S. as of early December. When looking at the other markets where Samsung has a presence and 5G is being rolled out, it’s hard to come up with the numbers the company is touting.
A likely explanation is the emphasis on the word “shipped,” as opposed to “sold.” By touting the number of shipped devices, Samsung can count units sitting in carrier warehouses or store shelves. The number says very little about how many phones have actually made their way into customers’ hands.
Even so, its a promising start for the 5G revolution, which should see significant uptick in 2020.