In the second quarter of 2020, China's mobile phone market continues to transition from 4G to 5G, with 5G phone models accounting for more than half of the total, according to a report by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a government think tank.
According to the report, in the second quarter of 2020, 160 models of mobile phone products applied for access to the network, including 83 models of 5G phones, accounting for 51.88%, an increase of 48.5 percentage points year-on-year.
Among them, 63 models of 4G handsets, with models accounting for 39.38 percent. Compared with the second quarter of 2019, the shares of 4G handset models went down by 40.9 percentage points. 2G handset models accounted for 8.75 percent of the total.
Of the 83 5G handset models that applied for access to the network in the second quarter of 2020, 100 percent supported band 41, 100 percent supported band 78, and 96.4 percent supported band 79. The percentage of 5G handsets that support band 28 was 3.6% at the beginning of the quarter.
Of the 63 4G handsets that will go online in the second quarter of 2020, 15 are CAT1 handsets, 24 are CAT4 handsets, 20 are CAT6, CAT7, and CAT9 handsets, and 4 are CAT10, CAT11, and CAT12 handsets with higher transmission capability.
Smartphones accounted for 87.7% of the 4G and 5G handsets that applied for network access. Android still topped the list of all smartphones, accounting for 95.3 percent of the total, and the Android version 10 operating system accounted for 78.7 percent of the total in the quarter.
China's 5G handset shipments have now surpassed 86.23 million, with 66 million 5G terminals connected to the network.