Foldable smartphones and 5G will produce the next sales boom: Gartner

Foldable smartphones and 5G will produce the next sales boom: Gartner

During the third quarter of 2018 smartphone shipments totaled 389 million units, up just 1.4% when compared to the same three-month period in 2017. According to a new report from Gartner, though, 5G and foldable smartphones will be responsible for the next sales boom.

In the smartphone market’s current state, consumers appear to be holding on to devices for significantly longer due to a lack of new features. This is severely affecting the performance of Samsung which, despite maintaining its number one position, saw a massive drop in shipments of 12.3 million units – this is actually the biggest decrease Samsung has seen since Gartner began reporting smartphone sales.

While most brands are experiencing a slow down in sales, Huawei and Xiaomi appear to be unaffected. During the third quarter, the two brands recorded growth of 43% and 23% respectively, solidifying their second and fourth place positioning. If the two brands continue to grow at their current rate, though, they could eventually overtake rivals and move into first and third place respectively.

As mentioned above it seems people are hanging on to their devices for significantly longer. With 5G networks and foldable smartphones just around the corner, though, it’s claimed that consumers will soon be more open to the idea of upgrading, thus creating a sales boom. By 2020 its forecast that 5G smartphone shipments will total 65 million units. Foldable devices, on the other hand, will take a while longer to gain traction due to the lack of support but should eventually become mainstream products.

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17 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6746; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Foldable phones and 5G. Apple will be offering none of this for at least 2 years...but they still get a picture credit - not even mentioned in the article. lol

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 364; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

You do have a valid point.

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

God, some people are never happy. I literally just grabbed the first image I found of two flagships devices. The insinuation that my articles are biased... honestly, get a life. Read through my articles. You'll see there is none of that. Almost everything I write and do is objective. And If I ever add my own opinion it's because I believe it's required (not very often).

7. gamehead unregistered

The bias is so real

9. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Not being funny, but if it was real this article would be full of Apple references. I would have also mentioned the company's slight sales growth in Q3 2018.

17. Poptart2828

Posts: 364; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Josh, you are not biased in the slightest. You seem to be a very passionate individual and put a lot of effort in your work. We appreciate that. Thank you

2. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Unless enterprises adopt folding phones for their company top employees, at $1500+, o domt see it booming. The only way folding phones become the norm is if they get the price down. 5G? Well that will depend on where you live. But 5G hardware is gonna be expensive, and it seems it better to wait and everyone adopt it at the same time so that prices drop immediately.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I own both of the devices in the picture, but my Max is internet irritating. Intel modems suck big time in the iPhones.

15. JustFluffy

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 16, 2018

And not just that. Whenever an iPhone is connected to a WiFi and is using it, somehow it renders the network useless for latency-sensitive stuff. latency is almost doubled because of it. So it's not just the Intel modem.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's true, something is up with these new iPhones.

6. gamehead unregistered

Cant wait

8. emjoigently

Posts: 152; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

Like 3D TVs. I think 5G is going to be tough to get working well. Some day it'll sell phones, but not yet. Folding phones... let's see the desirable implementation. I think it will be easy to make a novelty phone that no one actually wants. Let's see done well.

12. Vogue1985

Posts: 450; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

The real agenda behind the folding phone is to push the price of phones even further ie $1500/$2000 plus. Just wait and see

13. rouyal

Posts: 1575; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I honestly don’t see a demand for either.

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 7245; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

For users to care about the new devices, they need to have new useful features; neither 5G or foldable phones have that. So far not even the standard authority knows nothing about 5G advantages in the mobile phone (we know about IoT, but that’s for our refrigerators) while folding devices... I like the idea, but such a device should have double the battery of today (something is yet to come for at least 1-2y) and half the width for a gain of a single inch in display, well I don’t think I would pay for that, now now at least.

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