13 June 2018
Huawei has announced that it will launch its first 5G smartphone in 2019. The company confirmed the launch during an analyst summit it is hosting in Shenzhen.
The launch of Huawei’s 5G phone is in line with the launch plans of other mobile phone brands like Samsung and Apple which are planning to launch 5G phones in 2019. The company's rotating Chairman Eric Xu stated that it will launch an end-to-end 5G solution in the second half of 2018. The company's first 5G phone could be the Mate 30.
During his keynote speech at the 2018 edition of the Huawei Analyst Summit (HAS), Xu said 5G will result in faster speed and decrease networking costs.
"We are fully committed to 5G investment and by the second half of this year, we're going to launch an end-to-end 5G solution," Xu said on Tuesday. "5G is just another product line at Huawei. It is a natural evolution of the technology - from 2G to 3G to 4G and now 5G," Xu told the gathering.
Xu stated that the fundamental difference between 4G and 5G for the consumers is speed.
"We don't have other material differences in experiences for the consumer between the two technologies," he said. "We're focused on what we can do and provide better services to our customers,' Xu said.
"We have been focusing on developing 5G ecosystem and use cases and the show with Bharti Airtel impressively demonstrates the performance capability of 5G in 3.5GHz band," said Emmanuel Coelho Alves, Director, Wireless Marketing, Huawei HQ.
Huawei began investing in 5G research in 2009 and plans to invest $600 million in the 5G technology by end of this year.
"The 5G era is approaching, and we are confident that 5G deployment in India will happen in line with global timeline," Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India stated.