Researches say 5G might bring a much needed surge to smartphone sales

Researches say 5G might bring a much needed surge to smartphone sales
The stagnation of the smartphone market has been an ongoing topic of discussion among specialists. The lack of exciting innovation has made people unwilling to spend their hard earned money on a new device. Some experts think that 2019 might put an end to this unfortunate (for tech manufacturers at least) trend. The reason? None other than 5G.

At least that’s what the folks at ABI Research think, 9to5mac reveals. Generational leaps in technology don’t happen very often, but 2019 is set to be the year when 5G will finally reach the hands of consumers.


Now, you might be skeptical about 5G’s impact since it will take at least until 2020 before the technology becomes more widespread and useful, and you’d be right. However, with people holding on to their devices longer than ever, getting a phone without it in 2019 could mean that you’d miss out on 5G’s benefits until your next regularly scheduled upgrade sometime in 2021 or even 2022. We all know people who are willing to get a new device right now but just can’t pull the trigger on a purchase because devices nowadays don’t seem to offer much of an upgrade.

It seems that experts think that 5G riding in on a white horse will provide the final push that will separate those potential buyers from their cash. Keep in mind that we’re talking about the flagship market segment. That’s where companies want to succeed the most and those are the customers that care about new technologies and pride themselves on being early adopters and ahead of the curve.

Will it work or will phone makers get the cold shoulder from consumers once again? 2019 will tell us.

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11 Comments

1. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

I am not getting even close to "4g speeds" on 4g could give two sh*!s less about 5g. Maybe I will get 4g speeds when everyone else is on 5g.

2. pablumatic

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

I only really need about 10mbps to do what I want now. Don't think I'll be needing extra speed for a while. Watching 2160p/4K video is not something I really intend on doing with my phone and I haven't even seen a 3840x2160 screen on any phone either. Where is the 3D/holographic screen tech at? Higher res isn't doing much for me.

7. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 675; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

3. Cat97

Posts: 1865; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Keep dreaming ! Those researchers should be fired. The much needed surge will be brought by pricing the products for a reasonable profit instead of pricing them after Apple prices.

10. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

5g could do that the phones could end up being just a monitor kind of like a virtual desktop. Your OS could be streamed to you making the "phone" very cheap and upgrades essentially a thing of the past

4. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Nope. Current speed is enough for daily use. It’ll just be another marketing term.

5. TerryD

Posts: 545; Member since: May 09, 2017

4G is plenty quick enough for anything I do on a mobile phone. I'd be supportive of faster speeds if mobile data contracts were unlimited. Even with a huge data allowance, I'm sure you can burn through it in a few of hours on 4G, even less on 5G.

6. midan

Posts: 2724; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Not going to happen. Most people have no idea what 5G means and trying to sell it to consumers is very hard when current 4G speeds are more than enough already. What will be their selling point?

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1551; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Maybe in a couple years when the networks available, no reason to get 5G if you can't use it.

9. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Honestly, the average consumer thinks that lte speed is fast enough for them, at least in the use of a mobile phone. Really no task on a mobile really requires any faster speed than lte. Website loads up instantly on my phone. E-mails are sent and recieved instantly. Instagram refreshes always. Posting a story on snapchat literally takes seconds. Streaming on youtube and netflix has no buffer during the video.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As can be seen by one member. The Big 8 will justify why Apple shouldn't use 5G. Don't be fulz, welcome new innovative ideas.

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