The lack of significant changes between generations of smartphones and longer replacement cycles of their users has led to a drop in sales last year. However, analysts from Gartner gave a fairly comforting forecast for vendors in 2020.
Competition for manufacturers of smartphones and other gadgets is an incentive to create new features and form factors for devices. In addition, more and more advanced technologies are first introduced in middle-class models. Despite this, users do not find new features so useful to update their gadgets. As a result, worldwide smartphone sales declined by 2% last year, the first time since 2008.
According to Gartner Vice President Annette Zimmermann, the market is expected to recover this year with the deployment of 5G networks in more countries and regions. She believes that the release of devices with support for fifth-generation networks will accelerate. So, 5G smartphones that cost less than $300 have already appeared on sale, and, apparently, this is not the limit. All of this should encourage users to update their gadgets.
According to the experts of the research center, the growth of smartphone sales in the world market this year should increase by at least 3% compared to 2019.