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Huawei 5G smartphone with Auras’ cooling tech in the works; could launch in June next year

5G chips developed by Huawei will consume twice as much power as 4G chips.

  • Published: August 1, 2018 7:47 PM IST

5G connectivity has officially entered the development phase. Many companies are trying to understand how to make the most of the potential of 5G. There are many possible scenarios, but certainly what would attract users is how future smartphones are able to take advantage of this new connectivity.

A DigiTimes report now claims that the first 5G smartphone from Huawei will consume much more energy than the current-gen smartphones. For this reason, this smartphone would need high-quality copper cooling to dissipate heat correctly and avoid accidents.

It has been long rumored that the first Huawei 5G smartphone would be launched in June 2019, and Auras Technology, a firm based in Taiwan, would be the only provider of cooling modules for the device. In fact, Auras is reportedly set to begin mass production of these modules in September, after preliminary tests began this month.

DigiTimes cites sources close to the company claiming that Huawei will use copper sheets of 0.4mm heat dissipation for the cooling modules. It is also being said that Auras will have no problems in mass producing this technology, because it has worked with Huawei in the past couple of years on similar modules.

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Current-generation smartphones have largely opted for cooling modules made of graphite sheets. Copper sheets though offer better heat dissipation, and are also included in high-end laptops. However, they are much more expensive, and it will be interesting to see how they affect the prices of future smartphones.

Huawei executives like CEO Eric Xu have been quoted as saying that the company’s 5G chips will offer performance that is up to five times better than today’s 4G chips, and power consumption too would be up to 2.5 times higher. In fact, heat dissipation remains a challenge that the company is addressing, along with energy saving solutions.
  • Published Date: August 1, 2018 7:47 PM IST