05 November 2019
The next major race in the tech world is undoubtedly 5G and things around it. We have seen smartphone manufacturers taking out their firsts in the market where 5G has been successfully deployed. But this is more or less like a minor step towards the big and fierce competition that will happen next year. Having said that, companies are getting ready for the next big challenge and if you’re someone who keeps a tab on the evolving technology, it’s easier to sense the upcoming clash.
Xiaomi is one such Chinese smartphone manufacturer which not only follows the trends but also invents and takes strides. It has already launched the Mi 9 Pro 5G in its domestic market and observed high demands. But this can happen in the beginning since the expectations for the fresh tech can't be deemed, but the company is fully prepared for the next major battle.
Speaking at the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said that the company is planning to launch more than 10 5G phones in 2020. Reportedly, the plan has been made after noticing the high demands of its first 5G phone and intense competition in its home market from rival Huawei. According to Lei, demand for the phone exceeded the company’s expectations and led to supply chain issues. This reception has prompted Xiaomi to launch 5G models for the high, middle, and even low-end price tiers next year.
While the company’s plans on bringing enough 5G devices make sense, the possibility wasn’t unseekable. Qualcomm will release its new Snapdragon 5G-enabled SoCs in 2020 for the mid-tier phones and that’s where Xiaomi perfectly fits in and can launch as many as 10 5G phones. Note that its closest competitor Realme has already announced that it will bring the world’s first phone equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 5G-integrated chip.
With 5G-powered Snapdragon 6 and 7-Series processors coming next year, Qualcomm will unlock the gates that were first mostly limited to premium or high-end smartphones only. Thanks to Qualcomm’s efforts the 5G will come to the masses this way.
But 5G is unlikely to grow in the company's one of the key markets - India. So, we may see Xiaomi releasing most of these 5G phones in its home country only and maybe in the US as well. It’s expected we may see a couple of 5G phones from Xiaomi getting launched by the end of next year in India, though.
We look forward to the contribution of China's hottest hardware company to the most aggressively growing tech.