Samsung shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones in 2019

Catherine Shu
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 4: Detail of the Samsung logo outside the Samsung Experience Store on Oxford Street in London, taken on June 4, 2019. (Photo by Olly Curtis/Future via Getty Images)

Samsung Electronics announced today that it shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones in 2019, surpassing expectations set by the company earlier.

During remarks at IFA in September, Samsung Electronics vice president JuneHee Lee suggested that more than two million Samsung 5G smartphones had already been sold, and that the company expected to double that number by the end of the year.

The company also said today that its devices made up 53.9% of the global 5G smartphone market, according to a report by Counterpoint Research. It will release its next 5G device, the Galaxy Tab S6 5G, in South Korea during the first quarter of 2020.

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