Written by Madhav Seth
A recent report by Counterpoint Research found that 5G smartphones have reached 51% of global sales penetration. Thus, for the first time, 4G smartphones surpassed shipments. This was a great achievement, as the 5G smartphone industry was transformed into a huge market opportunity in 2022, just two years ago. Today, with a large portion of the population going online, the fast data appetite is gaining momentum in India and around the world with the advent of 5G technology and a digitally led lifestyle.
The choices of 5G smartphones are getting more and more minimal. Consumers want a complete, powerful 5G experience with much improved capabilities in camera, display, performance optimization, power consumption, gaming, and more. At the same time, they want 5G devices to come in slim, light and ultra-slim builds. Attractive design, without a heavy external trap. The next step in the evolution of 5G devices will be to see more technological innovations from smartphone OEMs that bring the causes of thin and light form without compromising experience. It is expected that a large portion of R&D will be channelized to make the thinnest and lightest 5G phones, yet powerful chipsets will accommodate.
At the same time, as users become more environmentally conscious, more emphasis is being placed on environmentally friendly devices. According to Deloitte’s 2021 report, the smartphone industry is projected to generate 146 million tons of CO2 by 2022. Although it is still a relatively small percentage of global emissions, the industry must take the necessary steps for sustainable production. Reducing the use of plastic as a device material. Especially during the manufacturing phase, there is an opportunity to reduce the use of plastics, to choose renewable resources such as paper pulp, and to focus on bio-based, nature-friendly polymer designs.
Demand for 5G-enabled smartphones will increase from Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. Commercialization of 5G networks is approaching, becoming an impending reality In its latest report, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) cites that 5G rollout is set to take place in 2022, covering 13 cities across the country, including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow in the first phase. , Mumbai and Pune. Additionally, with the 5G spectrum auction coming up soon, TRAI Prime has proposed a 35% cut in 5G bands. As and when users begin to realize the benefits of 5G technology, the demand for 5G smartphones, including flagship performance, will increase. These Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities have a high concentration of tech-savvy, young enthusiasts who appreciate the speed and functionality of 5G-enabled devices.
The use of 5G is becoming more and more evident to the Indian people every month. The recent display of a top telecom player in a live 5G-powered hologram is a commendable feat. The next generation of mobile internet connection, 5G is not only superior in terms of bandwidth, speed, latency and scalability, it also promises to enhance other technologies like artificial intelligence, IoT, mixed reality etc. As we approach the 5G rollout this year, it is expected that more Telco and Ecosystem players will showcase 5G displays across different directions. Indian users are among the most discerning consumers in the world and appreciate the huge benefits that such border technology will bring. As the transformative effects of 5G become more pronounced, it will persuade users to equip themselves with 5G smartphones.
India has come a long way since the launch of the first 5G smartphone in 2020 as smartphones with advanced 5G processors have quickly won the hearts of consumers. This phenomenon is particularly evident in the affordable and mid-range segments, where flagship 5G processors were associated with advanced batteries, camera specifications, fast charging technology, and more. However, growth has so far only played a small role. We are entering a 5G development 2.0 era, with new currents shaping the landscape. As the field of play intensifies with new choices and innovations, smartphone companies will allow most of their muscle and resources to build a sophisticated, highly aesthetic 5G portfolio powered by the most advanced processors that users have ever dreamed of. The future is here, and it’s sure exciting!
(The author is CEO – Realmy India, Vice President – Realmy, President – Realmy International Business Group. Opinions are personal.)