11 February 2019
Huawei ‘s sub-brand Honor has stated last year that they plan to launch a 5G-ready smartphone in 2019. Now reports have surfaced that Honor’s 5G smartphone will be launched in the second half of 2019.
Honor will launch its 5G phone after its parent Huawei launches a 5G phone under its own brand. There are no reports as yet, about which Honor device will be launched as a 5G one. The Honor View 20 is one of the choices for 5G tech, as it is the latest generation flagship and is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC.
Huawei is one of the biggest players in the network and connectivity infrastructure space. The company makes the chips that power network sub-stations. When 5G smartphones start getting deployed in the mainstream, Huawei will be able to use its advantageous position to streamline the introduction of 5G support in its smartphones, making it one of the largest players in the upcoming 5G smartphone space.
Huawei has been facing a lot of problems globally, the company’s infrastructure has been deemed a security threat. USA and other nations have banned Huawei’s products citing the company has ties to the Chinese government. Honor’s upcoming 5G smartphone is not expected to launch in North America. The company’s network-enabled devices have also been banned in Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and it will be only able to launch devices in select markets like China, India, etc. This gives other smartphone makers like Samsung, LG, and others a chance to grab a bigger market share in the 5G market.