Huawei has announced that it will debut its first 5G-enabled smartphone in Q3 of 2019.
5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology superseding 4G LTE, with faster data rates, lower latencies and more.
This 5G-enabled device is likely a Huawei Mate brand device — either the Mate 12, or Mate 30 depending on what the company calls its 2018 Mate handset.
The 5G handset will also use the Chinese company’s own 5G modem.
— Neil Shah (@neiltwitz) April 17, 2018
Huawei revealed the world’s first commercial 5G modem, the Balong 5G01, at Mobile World Congress. Alongside the 5G modem, Huawei revealed a 5G device that powers wireless-to-the home service that is currently in commercial trials with Canadian telecom Telus.
Huawei looks to be providing both 5G network equipment to service providers as well as 5G-enabled hardware.
The Chinese phone manufacturer predicts that there will be 40 billion personal smart devices and 100 billion 5G connections around the world by 2025.