Huawei says new 5G chipset supports sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave frequencies
2019 is set to be a big year for 5G smartphones. Right now device availability is quite limited–Verizon has a CPE to support its 5G Home residential broadband service and AT&T’s mobile service is supported by a Nighthawk mobile hot spot. Samsung has teased numerous 5G phones slated for release throughout the year and Qualcomm is working with a bevy of Android OEMs on device launches. Now Chinese powerhouse Huawei has announced a 5G hot spot and is teasing handset launches slated for Mobile World Congress 2019 which kicks off Feb. 25 in Barcelona, Spain.
At a Jan. 24 event in Beijing, China, company Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu showed off the Balong 5000 chipset and the 5G CPE Pro.
According to Huawei, the new chipset supports both the non-standalone and standalone variants of 5G, and is compatible with both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave frequencies. The tech firm said Balong 5000 can hit download speeds up to 4.6 Gbps on a sub-6 GHz connection and up to 6.5 Gbps when using millimeter wave frequencies.
Yu, in a statement, said the chipset “will open up a whole new world to consumers. It will enable everything to sense, and will provide the high-speed connections needed for pervasive intelligence…Huawei has an integrated set of capabilities across chips, devices, cloud services, and networks. Building on these strengths, as the leader of the 5G era, we will bring an inspired, intelligent experience to global consumers in every aspect of their lives.”
Huawei said smartphones, plural, based on the new 5G chipset will “be released” next month at MWC.