5G Devices Summary February 2021 – Global Update

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5G Devices Summary February 2021 – Global Update

Key facts

The number of announced 5G devices rose 5% in the first month of 2021; there are now 588 announced 5G devices, which is an increase of over 60% in the last six months. Of these 588 announced devices, 62% are understood to be commercially available. This takes the total number of commercially available 5G devices to 365, representing a growth of 46.6% in the last three months.

By end-January 2021, GSA had identified:

  • twenty announced form factors.
  • one hundred and thirteen vendors who had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices.
  • five hundred and eighty-eight announced devices (including regional variants, and phones that can be upgraded using a separate adapter, but excluding operator-branded devices that are essentially rebadged versions of other phones), including 365 that are understood to be commercially available:
  • two hundred and ninety-four phones (up 16 from December), at least 251 of which are now commercially available (up 18 in a month).
  • one hundred and thirteen FWA CPE devices (indoor and outdoor), of which 42 are now commercially available.
  • seventy-four modules.
  • thirty-one industrial/enterprise routers/gateway/modem.
  • twenty-eight hotspots.
  • eleven laptops (notebooks).
  • eight tablets.

twenty-nine other devices (including drones, head-mounted displays, including in vehicle routers/modems/hotspots, robots, snap-on dongles/adapters, a switch, TVs, USB terminals/dongles/modems, cameras, a vehicle OBU, a vending machine and an encoder).

We can expect the device ecosystem to continue to grow quickly and for more information about announced devices to become available as they reach the market. Based on vendors’ previous statements and recent rates of device release, we might expect to see the number of commercial devices surpassing the 400 mark by the end of Q1 2021. GSA will be tracking and reporting regularly on these 5G device launch announcements. Its GAMBoD database contains key details about device form factors, features and support for spectrum bands. Summary statistics are released in this regular monthly publication.

Not all devices are available immediately and specification details remain limited for some devices.

5G Devices Summary February 2021 – Global Update

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