Huawei Announces Release of Lightning Fast 5G Phone in Shenzhen
29 Jul 2019
Many were expecting the price of the first 5g phone to be over 10,000rmb, so were pleasantly surprised when the Mate 20 X 5G (8GB + 256GB) was announced at a press conference last week with a price tag of just 6,199 yuan. Not bad for a first-of-its-kind.
A CCTV reporter at the press conference ran a speed test with the 5G mobile phone side by side with a 4G mobile phone, and found a noticeable difference. The download speed of 5G mobile phones reached 978Mbps, while the download speed of 4G mobile phones were less than 50Mbps.
Theoretically, the upload peak speed of the Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) is 240Mbps, the fastest in the world, according to the Shenzhen Business Daily. Field tests showed that downloading a 1.9GB game finished in just a few seconds, while the 4G phone was still at just 20%.
Pre-orders are being accepted now for the Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) and it'll go on sale to the public on August 16th.
Great... but where's the 5G Network?
In addition to Mate 20 X (5G), at the press conference, Huawei also unveiled the Huawei 5G CPE Pro, a home network device (priced at 2,499 yuan) that receives 5G signals and converts them into Wi-Fi mobile routing devices; making it possible to enjoy ultra-fast broadband connections, up to 1.85Gbps, with a 5G SIM card.
Unfortunately, the networks aren't yet available for us; however, cities that have announced the completion of more than 10,000 5G base stations by the end of this year are Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu.
(Source: Huachuang Securities)
Shenzhen Business Daily reports that at a 5G test site in the Nanshan District Science and Technology Park in Shenzhen; which had both 5G and 4G networks simultaneously, had the 5G mobile phone quickly reached a download speed of more than 1G per second.
So how much will getting 5G cost you? The three major operators have not said yet but they have given timetables.
- China Unicom will achieve 5G hotspot coverage in 40+ cities by the end of this year, and the north and south Guangshen main urban areas will complete full coverage;
- China Mobile will implement 5G commercial services in more than 50 cities this year, and will cover all urban areas above the prefecture level in 2020;
- China Telecom will also carry out 5G construction in more than 40 cities this year, with a construction scale of about 20,000 base stations.
What about Hongmeng OS?
Back when Google announced it wouldn't sell its Android OS to Huawei (a situation which has now reversed), rumors began flying that Huawei had its own OS ready to go to replace it. Although the new Mate still uses Android-based EMUI OS, Huawei's Hongmeng OS did make an appearance at the press conference... in a new smart TV.
Huawei's consumer business CEO Yu Chengdong also announced that the core and technology of the Hongmeng operating system will be first used on a new smart screen and will be officially released in September. He hopes the smart screen will become the smart interactive center of the family, the IoT control center, and the audio-visual entertainment center for the entire home.
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