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GSA says 25 5G smartphones announced so far, nine already on sale

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Twenty-five 5G smartphones have been announced and at least nine are now commercially available, the Global Mobile Suppliers Association says in its report for June.

These include the LG V50 ThinQ 5G Enabled, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Enabled and the OPPO Reno 5G.

The organisation said 26 new %G devices had been added to the GSA analyser for mobile broadband devices database in June, which meant there were now 90 announced devices not including regional variants and prototypes which were not going to be sold commercially.

It said the number of devices being announced had grown rapidly in the first half of 2019, starting with a few and then increasing rapidly as 5G networks were launched in different countries.

At present the database includes the following:

  • a total of 13 announced form factors (phones, hotspots, indoor CPE, outdoor CPE, laptops, modules, snap-on dongles/adaptors, enterprise routers, IoT routers, drones, a switch, a USB terminal and robot).
  • a total of 39 vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices, including sub-brands separately (plus four in partnership with Sunsea).
  • a total of 90 announced devices, up from 33 at the end of March (excluding regional variants, re-badged devices, phones that can be upgraded using a separate adaptor, and prototypes not expected to be commercialised).
  • a total of 25 phones (plus regional variants); at least nine of which are now commercially available.
  • seven hotspots (plus regional variants); at least three of which are now commercially available.
  • twenty-three CPE devices (indoor and outdoor, including two Verizon-spec compliant devices), at least eight of which are now believed to be commercially available.
  • twenty-three modules.
  • two snap-on dongles/adaptors.
  • two routers.
  • two IoT routers.
  • two drones.
  • one laptop.
  • one switch.
  • one USB terminal.
  • one robot.

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