MWC Shanghai is currently going on. And while we haven’t got to see a lot of new smartphones, we have come across some interesting technologies that smartphone manufacturers plan to implement in their devices. Now, the latest news comes from Huawei, which is shedding more light on its plans to introduce 5G chips for smartphones.
DigiTimes reported Huawei’s CEO Eric Xu confirming that the company plans to be ready with its first commercial 5G solutions and smartphone chips by March next year. This means that Huawei will possibly debut its first 5G smartphone by June 2019. The CEO stated that the company is currently addressing low-latency and connectivity issues, which it is expecting to fix by the end of the year. Following that, the development of 5G chips is said to pickup pace.
Eric Xu believes that 5G network will not only help with mobile video streaming, but will also help deliver a better AR (Augmented reality) and VR (Virtual reality) experience on smartphones. Huawei plans to roll out commercial 5G solutions for NSA (non-standalone) networks in September 2018 and other solutions for standalone 5G networks in March 2019.
According to Phonearena, Huawei’s Krin 1020 is expected to be the first processor from the company to feature 5G capabilities. It is suggested to debut in the company’s mid-range Mate 30 series of smartphones. That’s mostly because Huawei launches its flagship P-series of smartphones in the first quarter of the year. This makes the Mate 30 the most eligible phone, considering it is expected to launch by the end of 2019. Regardless of which phone Huawei decides to debut the technology with, you can expect a 5G enabled Huawei smartphone by June next year.
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Both mobile network operators and smartphone manufactures around the world are working on developing 5G technology. At MWC Shanghai, even OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that the company is getting ready to launch a 5G smartphone by June 2019. This means that the OnePlus 7 (or the OnePlus 7T) launching next year will also support 5G connectivity.