Huawei has unveiled its Balong 5000 modem, its first 5G modem. He took the opportunity to promise the announcement of a foldable smartphone equipped with this chip for the MWC 2019.
At Mobile World Congress 2019, we should have the opportunity to discover new 5G compatible smartphones. While many have to integrate the Qualcomm solution (with the Snapdragon 855), others prefer to opt for their own architecture. This is the case, for example, with Huawei, which has been designing its own chips for several years now.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, spoke on Thursday, January 24 in Beijing to launch the brand's first 5G modem, the Balong 5000. It should be alongside the SoC Kirin 980 in the next smartphones of the mark to reach a speed superior to all that could propose the mark for the moment. At the end of the conference, the company's top manager confirmed what was already expected: the presentation of Huawei's first 5G foldable smartphone at the MWC 2019 in February.
The message in question can be heard at 1:11 in the video below:
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Note also that the English translation specifies "smartphones" in the plural, which suggests that at least one of the representatives of the Huawei P30 range, expected at the event, could also be compatible with the 5G network.
The fastest 5G modems
In its presentation, Huawei unveiled in detail its Balong 5000 modem, announcing download speeds of up to 4.6 Gb / s on sub-6 GHz frequencies, and up to 6.5 Gb / s on the millimeter wave spectrum (mmWaves). This modem can also support both 5G non-standalone (NSA) architectures, but also standalone (SA) networks, which promises a long life.
Richard Yu claims that this chip can achieve speeds 10 times faster than 4G and "2 times faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50". "We are six months ahead of the competition," he adds. However, we will have to wait to really compare the two chips to draw real conclusions at this level.
It must be said that Huawei particularly worked on optimization to push the power of his modem to the maximum.
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