Chinese multinational company Huawei has revealed that they will launch its first 5G smartphone in the third quarter of 2019. The launch will be somewhere around July, August, and September of that year. The company announced it during an analyst summit in Shenzen– which it hosted. The company also revealed that it will launch an end-to-end 5G solution in the second half of 2018.
Huawei’s launch which will happen in the third quarter of 2019, clashes with their nation rival Vivo’s plans to launch its first 5G smartphone next year.
Speaking during the summit, Huawei’s rotating chairman Eric Xu expressed his company’s commitment for the upcoming launch this year, and also next year. He explained that it is a well-planned process of the company to transition first from 2G to 3G to 4G, and now to 5G.
5G will provide faster speed than the 4G network, and will also decrease network costs. Xu explained the company will use the 5G technology to target densely-populated areas. It is to meet the growing demand for more bandwidth and faster speed.
When questioned about the restricted entry of China-made smartphones in the US due to security concerns, he refused to comment directly. He stated that the company’s position in the American market hasn’t changed. Xu also stressed more on his company’s aim to provide better services to its customers across the world. He further extended his support to Artificial Intelligence. According to him, it will help the telecom industry in providing better network.
huawei and Bharti Airtel announced in February announced to have successfully conducted 5G network trial under a test set-up in India. It took place at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Gurugram. The test trial resulted in achieving a user throughput of more than 3Gbps. The company revealed that this was also the highest measured throughput for a mobile network with 100MHz bandwidth in 3.5GHz, and end-to-end network latency of 1 msec approximately.
In September 2017, Huawei launched ‘X-Haul’, a 5G-oriented mobile bearer solution for Indian operators to build end-to-end 5G networks. The company is aiming to invest $600 million in 5G technology by the end of 2018. They began to invest in 5G research in 2009.