Honor ‘s President Zhao Ming: NSA-Only 5G Phones Will Be Obsolete by Next Year

honor 5G V30 PRo

On November 26th, Honor ’s first 5G mobile phones – the Honor V30 and V3 Pro – were officially launched. Both devices are equipped with a Huawei Kirin 990 series chip and they both support 5G dual-mode NSA / SA cellular networks. As you may already know, not all phones with 5G connectivity support NSA and SA modes, as a matter of fact many 5G devices on the market only support NSA.

Honor’s President Zhao Ming: NSA-Only 5G Phones Will Be Obsolete by Next Year

honor 5G V30 PRo

Honor’s 5G phones arrive pretty late to the party though, as most competitors have had 5G options out for various months now. So why did Honor wait so long to launch their first 5G phones? To answer these questions from users and the media, Honor’s Honorary President Zhao Ming did an interview in which he explained the reasons behind this choice.

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Zhao Ming said that “Most products currently on the market are transitional and temporary. So, we decided to wait and use the best 5G chip on the market on our Honor V30 series”. The Huawei Kirin 990 5G is indeed the best 5G SoC according to the China Mobile Partner Conference; which is where it won the award.

Honor V30

He then added that “There is a deeper problem behind NSA-only 5G mobile phones currently sold throughout the country and put in the hands of a large number of consumers. By 2020, there will be a large number of SA networks getting deployed around the country. All these mobile phones will not work properly and they’ll suffer no coverage areas. I’m still on a 4G phone myself, but how do you explain to consumers it’s too early for 5G? If we made 5G NSA-only devices earlier on, we’d given our consumers a very bad product.”

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Here’s the obvious hint at other brands such as Xiaomi, Samsung and others that have been selling 5G phones which aren’t dual-mode.

What do you guys think? Did Honor do well by delaying its 5G phone release? Let us know down below!


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  1. Osopanda
    November 28, 2019

    Great telecom company. Great 5G technology, setting the standard for all other companies to beat… and they can’t. Not Nokia, Motorola, Siemens… not anyone can beat them in 5G for speed of implementation, cost, or ease in rolling out. They have even the foresight to foresee the changing standards of 5G and not rip off their customers with duff technology that would be obsolete, that’s a company worth investing in and buying from… Anyone that tells you different is an idiot or some paranoid (white) racist scumbag.

  2. David Cordell
    November 29, 2019

    OEMs seem to be somewhat skiddish when it comes to 5g as they were with 4g in the beginning. Having said that we’re a little bit slow this time with service providers like att being a little on the deceptive side. Even strong networks like Verizon are weak as it comes to range.