IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany has seen the release of a couple of smartphones, laptops and other devices which will obviously modify the current trend in the manufacturing industry. Earlier today, Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, announced the first-ever 7nm process chip, Kirin 980. which uses an A76+G76 architecture. This is quite ambitious from Huawei and Qualcomm should be feeling the pressure. The Huawei Kirin 980 is built with a 4.5G baseband and supports 1.4Gbps Cat.21. However, Huawei also announced its 5G baseband for mobile devices dubbed Balong 5000.
As of now, the company has not revealed the details of the Balong 500 but the company is certain that its 5G solution is ready. It is worth mentioning that Qualcomm also announced its new generation Opteron processors, based on the 7nm process, which can also be used with the X50 5G baseband. This certainly draws some sort of battle line between both companies.
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The development of 5G technology has been on for quite some time and Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE has been at the forefront although ZTE recently took a back seat – nobody really expects the company to compete after the mess with the US ban. Qualcomm, Samsung, and Ericsson are some other companies which are developing the 5G network. Nokia has also gotten to advanced stages, it remains the most notable if not the only European company in the 5G business and it recently accepted a $585 Million loan from the European Investment Bank to advance its work on 5G development.