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This report identifies the key trends in 5G devices that will play out in 2020 and have long-term impacts on the devices market.


  • Chinese brands like Xiaomi, One Plus, and OPPO will emerge as key device partners for service providers.
  • 5G smartphone pricing will come down quicker than 4G.
  • Smart speakers/displays and 5G home broadband routers will converge.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the key device trends for 5G in the coming year
  • Identifies the brands most likely to make significant impact with 5G devices
  • Evaluates the prospects for non-smartphone 5G devices in 2020

Key questions answered

  • How will operators replace Huawei in their 5G device portfolios?
  • How quickly will smartphone prices come down in 2020?
  • Which non-smartphone devices will have the greatest impact in 2020?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers and platforms
  • Recommendations for device vendors

Chinese brands will use 5G to push their way into operators' device sales

  • Chinese manufacturers benefit from intense price competition
  • Huawei's import ban is forcing operators to find alternatives

5G smartphone pricing set to come down quickly

  • Price competition between brands is already driving down prices
  • Modem competition will ensure prices continue to decline in 2020

5G on non-smartphone devices will have mixed results in 2020

  • Home hubs are leading the way
  • 5G laptops are coming despite no clear market


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author