Chinese Phone maker Huawei said in a statement that it will launch its first 5G-enabled smartphone next year. The company announced that first 5G-enabled smartphone will debut in the third-quarter of 2019.
Huawei made the announcement at its global analyst summit in Shenzhen, China. The phone maker also noted that its first 5G smartphone will be powered by Huawei’s very own 5G chipset.
They made no mention of which will be the first, however, based on the projected release date it could be the Huawei Mate 30 released as the first 5G phone.
With phones heading to the 5G phase, it opens up a whole new world for developers of mobile applications and games. Consumers can also be warned of premium pricing for these smartphones as 5G chipset to power the devices won’t be cheap for the makers at first.
Huawei’s announcement comes just days after Counterpoint research published its global 5G smartphone forecast. According to the report, the smartphone market should have over 100 million 5G smartphone shipments by 2021.
5G capable smartphones may be a higher price point as they will be offered as premium smartphones as first.
Only a handful of countries will offer these devices as most countries around the world is still operating at 3G and EDGE network speeds.