Online search for 5G smartphones doubled in first half of 2022: report

There were nearly twice as many searches for 5G smartphones on Flipkart in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year, the e-commerce platform said Monday. According to platform sales trends, the demand for 5G smartphones in the Rs 10,000 to 15,000 increased almost fourfold in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year.

Among the top five states where customers are looking for 5G smartphones are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The trend is expected to intensify further as the country prepares to enter the 5G era this year after a successful 5G spectrum auction.

“Over the past few quarters, we have seen growing demand for 5G smartphones that will deliver higher internet speeds in metros and smaller cities, with nearly 75% of searches coming from Tier 2 cities and above” , said Kunal Gupta, Senior Director, Mobiles at Flipkart.

Several brands including Motorola, Samsung, OPPO, Vivo, realme and POCO among others have launched a wide range of 5G smartphones at various price points starting at Rs 12,999.

The installed base of smartphones with 5G capabilities has crossed 5 crores in the country, according to Counterpoint Research.

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