401 devices now support 5G: GSANEW DELHI: The global smartphone market consisted of 401 5G smartphones as of end-August, of which 108 smartphones are commercially available, industry body Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) said on Friday.

This is up from more than 300 commercially available 5G smartphones as of June 2020, said GSA.

“While, perhaps inevitably, the global COVID-19 epidemic has had a major impact on national plans for the assignment of spectrum for mobile services, 5G device announcements and launches have continued apace,” said Joe Barrett, President of Global mobile Suppliers Association.

Barrett added that 5G phones and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) CPE still dominate the market in terms of announced devices as the number of announced 5G phones has grown more than two-fold since end-March 2020 while the number of announced FWA CPE grew by about 50% during the same period.

GSA said it identified the spectrum support information of about 83% announced devices and noted that more than 300 devices, or about 77.3% of all announced devices now support sub-6GHz spectrum bands while 21.7% of devices support mmWave spectrum and only 16.2% of all announced devices support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum bands.

GSA, by end-August 2020, had identified 18 announced form factors, 93 vendors that had announced available of upcoming 5G devices, 401 announced devices, including at least 190 that are commercially available, 181 phones out of which 138 are now commercially available, including three phones upgraded to 5G using an adapter, and 100 CPE devices out of which 24 are commercially available.

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It further identified 64 modules (11 commercially available), 23 hotspots (11 commercially available), 6 laptops, 6 tablets, and 21 other devices.



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