Huawei Is Reportedly Working Toward A Cheaper 5G Phone Released In 2020

Aadhya Khatri - Sep 12, 2019, 1:30 pm IST


Buying 5G-enabled device is expensive but that will soon change in the next few years when Huawei and its new partnership takes effect

Buying 5G-enabled device is expensive, but that will soon change in the next few years when Huawei and its new partnership takes effect. According to a report by MyDrivers citing some media sources in China, Huawei is buying MediaTek’s 5G SoC chip, which was announced recently. The acquisition will probably lower the cost of Huawei’s 5G-enabled devices launched in 2020.

Huawei has already had its own 5G modem, called the Balong 5000, which powers the Mate 20 X 5G; however, this modem is not exactly an integrated solution and has been introduced on the company’s higher-end devices only.

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Huawei has already had its own 5G modem, called the Balong 5000, which powers the Mate 20 X 5G

MediaTek’s 5G SoC is the combination of MediaTek’s A70 modem and ARM’s Cortex A77 CPU; It aims at equipping 5G connection to phones without asking for a premium price.

This move makes sense as Huawei is still under the U.S government’s Entity List ban, which forbids any U.S company from doing business with the Chinese electronics giant.

MediaTek is a Taiwanese company, and it has worked with TSMC to create the chips. The report also said that the CEO of MediaTek has even met with the other company to confirm that the two firms can supply the required number of 5G SoC chip orders.

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This decision to but MediaTek's chip makes sense as Huawei is still under the U.S government’s Entity List ban

If this report is to be believed, we have reasons to believe that affordable 5G phones will arrive next year. According to MediaTek, the sample of the chips will be sent to manufacturers in the last few months of 2019, and the first phone with the 5G SoC shipped inside may make it to the market in early 2020.

One of the most noticeable downers of this chip is its limitation to only Sub-6 5G bands and not the mmWave system. For now, Sub-6 is still the dominant networks in China and Europe. In the U.S, it is supported by Sprint and T-Mobile.

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