Up until began to spread across the globe, were universally strong — much higher than 2019, and well on the way to establishing the next-generation cellular standard as a must-have smartphone feature. Though the pandemic has chilled retail sales in some countries, , so it’s no surprise that key chipmakers Qualcomm and MediaTek are debuting new 5G system on chip (SoC) solutions to win over masses of new users.
The battle for Chinese customers has become a global affair for major chip and device makers, as China’s massive population is simultaneously specification-focused and value-conscious. Over 366 million smartphones were sold in China in 2019, accounting for 27% of total global sales, and coordinated government planning has given the country an early lead in 5G deployments. Apart from