5G is the next tech revolution. Slated to launch around 2020, Huawei is getting a head start.
The company’s first 5G phone will go on sale next year, it announced at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, sometime before the end of June 2019. It’ll follow Huawei’s first 5G Kirin chip, which it says will come in March.
Earlier this year, 18 phone makers committed to releasing a 5G phone sometime in 2019.LG, HTCandXiaomi were on that list, but Huawei was conspicuously absent. Apple andSamsung, the world’s biggest phone makers, still haven’t made their 5G plans clear.
There’s a tidal wave of hype surrounding 5G, the next-generation wireless technology that promises to be significantly faster and more responsive than anything before it. In some cases — such as its potential application in self-driving cars, telemedicine, the trend of devices called internet of things — it can be life-changing.
How long those promises take to be realised, we don’t know. But companies promise 5Gphones will have insane internet speeds roughly 10 times as fast as the 4G ones we currently enjoy.