“Our price will set the tone for 5G smartphones in the Chinese market, and I believe that in the second half of this year, most smartphone companies’ flagship smartphones will be compatible with 5G, which will encourage the price to be closer to products. 4G quickly,” he said.
The battle of China’s 5G smartphone market intensified with the national launch of Huawei Technologies Co’s first commercial model with fifth-generation technology on Friday.
The Mate 30X is the first 5G smartphone model approved by China’s telecommunications regulator for network connection. It was approved in late June, followed by rival ZTE Corp’s 5G model, approved this month. ZTE Corp said on Tuesday that its 5G smartphone is available for domestic ordering.
Analysts said Huawei’s initiative was part of the technology giant’s broader efforts to rapidly market high-speed technology and highlighted fierce competition as companies struggled to expand their business. ‘Offer the latest gadgets.
He Gang, president of Huawei’s consumer group said the Mate 20X is the world’s first model to support standalone, non-standalone 5G networks, meaning broader usage scenarios than competing products that support only standalone 5G networks. Non-standalone networks still rely on the existing 4G infrastructure for some functions.
Ma Xin, an analyst at the Chinese Academy of Information and Communication Technology said Huawei’s maximum 5G download speed could reach 1,850 megabits per second in lab tests at the fastest speed. reported so far. It also works very well in supporting cloud games on smartphones. Allowing consumers to play sophisticated high-definition games that require large computing capabilities, traditionally available only on personal computers, Ma said.
A team presents a Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) mobile phone at the launching ceremony in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, on July 26, 2019.
The Mate 20X comes with a 7.2-inch screen that’s great for gamers and entertainment bingers, Huawei said. The model costs 6,199 yuan ($ 900) in China, which is well below industry expectations that the first 5G models would make about 10,000 yuan due to high production costs.
Huawei has strong capabilities in internal chip development and industrial resource integration, allowing the Shenzhen company to reduce the price significantly, he said.
ZTE’s 5G smartphone starts at 4,999 yuan, but analysts say its model only supports non-standalone networks. Smartphone makers Oppo and Vivo are also expected to launch their 5G models in China in the third quarter.
Xiang Ligang, chief executive of the Information Consumption Alliance, said smartphone makers are adopting an aggressive pricing strategy to attract early 5G users and popularize their use.
Deliveries of 5G smartphones are expected to reach 6.7 million units worldwide by 2019, according to market research firm International Data Corp.