10 July 2019
In the past few months, we have seen different OEMs either launch or announce plans for their 5G smartphones. A few these have been China-based companies like Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and OnePlus. It is time to add a new name to the list as Huawei sub-brand Honor has confirmed plans for releasing a 5G smartphone in Q4 2019.
The announcement has been made by Honor's President Zhao Ming as he wants to bring a 5G phone to the market by the end of this year. This timeline does seem to be late as compared to the competition as most other offerings will arrive by the beginning of the second half of 2019. But Ming has clarified that Honor's idea behind releasing a 5G smartphone is not about following the trend.
Honor is said to be focusing on the longer usability of the device which is the reason they will consider what do users want or expect from a 5G network connectivity. It has also been confirmed that the first Honor 5G phone will not come cheap as the team wants to offer the best possible CPU and GPU for delivering smoother performance on 5G. Ming said that if they will go for a cheap 5G phone then it will not have adequate hardware to handle the demands of the 5G network.
He did not give any idea of the possible pricing but we are expecting it to be cheaper than the Huawei Mate X. It is a foldable smartphone which is another reason for such premium pricing. Honor's phone is set to be expensive but it should be in line with other 5G phones in the market. It will also be interesting to see if Honor will release a completely new 5G phone or announce an existing device by adding necessary 5G hardware to it.