Huawei unveils its first 5G chipset at Mobile World Congress

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, presents the company's fresh 5G chipset called Balong 5G01 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Arjun Kharpal | CNBC

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, presents the company’s fresh 5G chipset called Balong 5G01 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Huawei on Sunday unveiled its first chip to enable mobile devices to access 5G internet speeds in addition to revealed plans to launch a 5G smartphone inside second half of the year.

The chipset will be called the Huawei Balong 5G01. The Chinese technology giant claims that will that will will be the planet’s first commercial chipset that will meets 5G standards.

3GPP, a body that will governs cellular standards globally, agreed late last year to a specification for how 5G should work. 5G refers to the next generation of mobile internet that will could help power future driverless cars in addition to even internet-connected infrastructure in cities.

Huawei claims that will that will can hit download speeds of 2.3 gigabits per second, significantly faster than speeds reached on current 4G networks.

At a briefing with reporters after the reveal, Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer business said the company will be aiming to launch a 5G phone with the fresh chipset inside second half of the year.

“Later on in Q3 or Q4 of This kind of year we will launch the 5G smartphone with the 5G smartphone chipset. in addition to our infrastructure, the 5G infrastructure will be readily available to commercialize,” Yu said.

By releasing its own 5G chip, Huawei will be taking on the likes of Qualcomm, which already has its own modem called the X50. Qualcomm’s modem for mobile devices recently managed to hit speeds of 4.51 gigabits per second.

in addition to earlier This kind of week Intel announced a partnership with Microsoft, Dell, HP, in addition to Lenovo to create 5G-enabled laptops based on Intel’s own modems.

Owning the chipset capabilities will allow Huawei to have more control over the design in addition to performance of its devices. that will also means that will may have to rely less on external suppliers. Huawei has been focusing recently on its own chips. Last year that will launched a chipset called the Kirin 970 to allow artificial intelligence experiences on its smartphones. that will will be currently used inside Mate 10 Pro.

Yu said the company will not license its Balong 5G01 chipset to rival device makers.

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