At the beginning of 2018, internal plans for Meizu’s 5G hit the road. Our earlier report shows that Meizu hopes to start 5G signal testing in Q3 2020. It’s trial production of 5G terminals will kick off in Q4 2020. Meizu’s maiden 5G product should arrive in Q2 2020. Today, Meizu’s founder and CEO, Huang Zhang, confirmed that its 5G phone will arrive next year. On the Meizu community, a fan asked: “When will Meizu get a 5G mobile phone?”. Huang Zhang said, “…don’t worry the 5G phone is coming…we will launch 5G phones next year by then it will be mature for consumers”.
This is the first time in two months that Huang Zhang officially responds to any comment on the Meizu community. Meizu will use Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon X55 modem launched in February this year. This chip support 2/3/4/5G network as well as NSA/SA network deployment. It is a step ahead of the Snapdragon X50 and better controls temperature.
Most 5G phones now use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 baseband, which is a single-mode single-chip baseband. It only supports 5G and NSA network deployment, while the Snapdragon X55 is multi-mode single-chip which is compatible with 2/3/4/5G and supports NSA and SA network deployment. The only other chip that has this ability is Huawei’s Balong 5000 5G modem.