As 5G becomes more and more prominent, especially with plans of making it available this year in Malaysia, the number of 5G smartphones are bound to increase.
The problem is, all 5G smartphones cost a lot more than the usual mid-range smartphones and below which are popular even here in Malaysia. Huawei has seen the potential demand, which is why they're aiming to launch a CNY1028 (around RM600++) priced 5G smartphone by this year's end, or early next year.
This is possible thanks to the recently-unveiled MediaTek 1000L and Qualcomm Snapdradon 765G chipsets that comes with optional 5G modem integration. This should allow 5G connectivity on a number of midrangers, compared to before where, up until this point, 5G connectivity was mostly a flagship-exclusive feature.
With this in mind, you can expect Huawei and Samsung to spearhead 5G adoption in 2020, that is until Apple joins the market which is likely to happen sometime this year if rumours of a 5G iPhone comes true. In 2019 Samsung reportedly shipped some 6.7M 5G-equipped devices, while Huawei reportedly outdid it with 6.9M.
In Malaysia, the Vivo Nex 3 5G is available in the market and priced around RM3899, and we can expect the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G to come along soon, and if rumours are correct, even the Oppo Reno 5G. All of these are likely to cost around RM3-4k.