5G smartphone sales have jumped 8.1 percent to hit 15.1 million units, accounting for 70.5 percent of total sales, reported Shanghai Daily.
The 5G models growth is on account of the wide network coverage and a richer variety of models, especially more affordable types, said the report.
The report quoted the researcher China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) saying that in September, China's smartphone sales reached 21.4 million units, a decrease of 8.1 percent from a year ago.
According to the data provided by the national research center under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile carrier, reported having 956 million mobile users by September, of which 331 million were 5G package users.
In the third quarter, China Mobile added 10.2 million new users, most of them for 5G, the carrier said on Thursday.
Firms like Apple, Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo are kicking off flagship 5G models in China.
Meanwhile, 5G models costing less than 1,500 yuan (US$234) have been attracting more users as a lower entry threshold to the 5G network.
Startup brand Realme launched two 5G models recently, with a starting price of 1,399 yuan and featuring a Snapdragon processor, game optimization, and big capacity battery.