The Chinese technology company Huawei confirmed this Thursday that it will present its first smart phone with the capacity to operate with fifth generation networks (5G) at the next Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
The CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, Richard Yu, made the news, which was already rumoured in specialized publications, official at a presentation held this Thursday in Beijing.
Although he did not offer just details about this terminal, he did reveal that it will have a folding screen – a trend that seems to be aimed at the main companies in the sector – and that its price will be above 1,000 euros (1,135 dollars).
The company will also launch in the future other mobiles with capacity 5G below that price,. Huawei already announced that the marketing date planned for its first 5G mobile is next June. 5G will be a core issue for its next folding smartphone.
Yu assured that his company « has a lot of advantage » over its competitors in 5G technology and predicted that this type of networks will be ready « at the earliest, in March or April ».
The company has presented in Beijing several innovations such as the Balong 5000, which is said to be the most powerful 5G modem in the world despite its size, « smaller than a fingernail.
Huawei, who is trying to champion the introduction of 5G networks, has said in this regard that it already has more than 30 international contracts, 18 of them in Europe, could sell before samsung its folding smartphone.
What improvement ?
In fact, the president of Huawei’s 5G products section, Yang Chaobin, said: « We are already deploying the 5G network in Barcelona, and I think that when you visit the city you will be able to see the experience for yourselves.
Among the improvements promised by Huawei’s 5G, it stands out that the connection speed is multiplied by 100 to that of fourth generation networks and that latency could be reduced to less than one millisecond.
Thus, 5G networks could be applied to remote surgeries – successful tests have already been done on animal operations -, work with robots in environments dangerous to humans, or games in the cloud.
What about 5G ?
« The 5G is coming, it’s an era of ubiquitous connectivity, » said Yu, who revealed that Huawei’s investment in research and development reached 11.3 billion euros (12.834 billion dollars) in 2017, just behind Samsung, Alphabet – Google’s parent company -, Volkswagen or Microsoft.
In 2018 Huawei sold 206 million smartphones and more than 100 million other devices, such as tablets or computers, helping the company to increase its turnover by about 45 % to more than 52,000 million dollars (45,788 million euros).
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