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More than 400 5G phones available worldwide

The choice of 5G handsets is growing all the time and there are now more than 400 different 5G compatible phones available worldwide.

New research by GSA (the Global mobile Suppliers Association) reveals that the total number of announced 5G devices has surpassed 900 for the first time and now stands at 938 — an increase of 24.1% over the last quarter.

Meanwhile, the number of 5G devices understood to be commercially available has reached 608, representing 64.8% of the total.

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GSA’s 5G Device Ecosystem — August 2021 report found that by the end of July 2021, 143 vendors had announced available or forthcoming 5G devices. This includes 450 5G phones, at least 401 of which are now commercially available.

The other 5G devices include fixed wireless access (FWA) customer premises equipment (CPE) devices (indoor and outdoor), industrial/enterprise routers/gateways/modems and battery operated hotspots, as well as tablets, laptops, in-vehicle routers/modems/hotspots and other gadgets such as drones, head-mounted displays, robots, TVs, USB terminals/?dongles/?modems, cameras, femtocells/?small cells, repeaters, vehicle OBUs, a snap-on dongle/??adapter, a switch, a vending machine and an encoder.

“Phones and indoor/outdoor FWA CPE continue to be the most prevalent 5G devices, and the number of announced devices in each of these categories grew strongly throughout 2020 and this has continued in the first half of 2021,” said GSA president Joe Barrett.

“A year ago there were 90 vendors who had announced 5G devices, today this ecosystem has grown to be over 140, across form factors that serve the consumer, business and industrial markets. As we see more spectrum allocated to 5G services and more networks launched, so we can expect to see this device momentum to continue to grow, such that we might expect to see the number of commercial devices surpassing the 650 mark by the end of Q3 2021.”

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