ABI Research Forecasts $46.5M in Always-On 5G Device Sales By
February 22, 2022
COVID-19 pandemic quickened the pace of digital transformation,
placing technologies at the very center of how people live and
work--and that pace shows no signs of slowing down. In its new
whitepaper, 38 Technology Stats You Need to Know for 2022, ABI
Research has identified and highlighted the most impactful
forecasts that illuminate the direction in which digital
transformation is truly heading.
“From among the many millions of data points ABI Research
creates each year, we have focused on the most enlightening
stats that will matter most in the years ahead. The rise of
always-on 5G portable devices, an explosion of edge AI adoption,
a proliferation of smart manufacturing platforms, the formation
of the metaverse, and a growing concentration on cybersecurity
are just some of the many changes on the horizon that are
indicative of a more connected, more vulnerable, and ultimately,
more technology-driven world,” Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research
Officer at ABI Research explains.
5G Devices, Smartphones, and Wearable’s stats highlighted in
the whitepaper include:
Dozens of always-on 5G portable device models will hit the
market in 2022 when sales will exceed 12 million, growing to
46.5 million by 2026.
The always-on 5G connected portable device market, including
tablets and notebooks, will be buoyed by the emergence of new
types of mobile consumer and business applications specifically
designed for this type of device, as well as access to a
plethora of online mobile applications that can be ported from
the smartphone world.
Cellular connected tablets and notebooks have only accounted for
a small proportion of sales (<1%) due to their mostly nomadic
use case and high price differential. “But the advent of 5G can
bring always-on broadband experiences on the move to new device
types beyond smartphones. For the convergence of mobile and
notebooks industries to happen, they will both have to position
5G connectivity as a central feature of the design with a focus
on improved system performance, long battery life, thin and
light designs, and always-on, always-connected experiences,”
explains David McQueen, Research Director at ABI Research.
Shipments of mmWave-enabled phones will grow from 14% of 5G
smartphone sales in 2021 to command a 43% share by 2026.
global 5G smartphone market saw phenomenal growth in 2021,
reaching more than 580 million units. The increase in sales was
driven by an acceleration down the price tiers that improved
both affordability and adoption. Says McQueen, “The increase in
5G mmWave smartphone sales will be boosted by its inclusion in
greater numbers of smartphone models, driven by Samsung’s
flagship devices and Apple’s iPhones, as well as by expanding
ecosystem momentum. After a slow start, mainly limited to the
U.S. market, the impetus behind mobile mmWave continues to build
with several regions and countries targeting deployments,
broadening across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, and
gaining support from a growing number of chipset suppliers.”
“While there are still fundamental challenges ahead–political
tumult, an entrenched endemic, and a broken supply chain–these
statistics should provide insights and actionable data needed to
chart a successful course in 2022 and beyond,” Carlaw concludes.