China’s 5G phone shipments reach 485,000 in Q3

BEIJING (Xinhua) – Shipments of 5G phones in China reached 485,000 units in the third quarter of this year, according to global market intelligence firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

According to the latest IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, most of these units were flagships priced over USD700, but there was also activity in lower price bands.

Vivo gained an early lead by releasing two 5G models in one month, breaking into both the over USD 700 high-end via offline channels, as well as pushing into a lower USD450 to 550 range via online channels.

Huawei and Samsung were contained to the high-end, while ZTE and China Mobile landed in the USD600 to 650 range. Xiaomi was able to occupy the USD450 to 550 segment, according to the report.