With the help of Apple’s 5G-supported iPhone 12 series models, Japan’s domestic 5G smartphone shipments have “exploded,” according to Taiwan’s Technews (as translated by 9to5Mac). In 2020, there will be a 40-fold increase, and this year’s shipments are expected to double again, the article adds.
MM Research Institute, a Japanese ICT market research and consulting organization, released a survey report on March 18, noting that in April and March 2020, domestic smartphone shipments in Japan increased by 16.9% annually to 32.757 million.
The iPhone 12 series 4 models launched by Apple in October and November 2020 all support 5G, boosting Japan’s 5G smartphone shipments, which will reach 11.011 million units in 2020, according to Technews. This is a 40-fold increase (3,993%) from the 269,000 units in 2019, and its share of the total smartphone shipments jumped from 1% in 2019 to 33.6%.
In terms of vendor shipments, during 2020, Apple’s iPhone swept nearly half of the Japanese smartphone market and continued to rank first, followed by Sharp, Samsung, Fujitsu and Sony.