In the first five months of 2021, sales of smartphones with 5G support in Russia increased 32 times compared to the same period last year, representatives of MTS and M.video-Eldorado told Vedomosti. According to them, in January-March, models with 5G accounted for 8% of smartphone sales in Russia. If during this period in 2020 27,000 5G smartphones were sold in the Russian Federation, then in 2021 there were already 850,000, according to M.video-Eldorado. For the entire 2020, 520,000 devices with support for the fifth generation were sold in Russia.
Smartphone sellers, operators’ representatives and analysts interviewed by Vedomosti note that while most users choose devices with 5G support, based on basic characteristics (screen size, memory, camera characteristics, etc.), the presence of 5G is not the main thing for them.