For now, one of the downsides to 5G is the cost of 5G devices. However, we know that the price will plunge with time. Phone makers already have a plan in place to reduce the cost of 5G smartphones. As of now, the cheapest 5G phone on the market costs about $300. Most 5G phones hover around more than $400. However, Huawei has a plan to reduce the cost of 5G phones to about $150 or less. According to reports, Yang Chaoying, president of Huawei’s 5G product line, said that a $150 (about 1028 yuan) 5G mobile phone will be available at the end of 2020 or early 2021. Well, with the likes of Xiaomi in the market, the time tag may be “too late”.
For now, 5G phones are more like high-end flagship phones. The introduction of budget 5G chips such as the MediaTek 1000L and Qualcomm 765G is a step in the right direction. With these chips, the price of a 5G phone will continue to drop.
In the entire 5G phone market in 2019, Huawei’s 5G mobile phone shipments exceeded 6.9 million units. This exceeds more than half of the Chinese 5G phone market. Recall that most of Huawei’s 5G phones are in China. Now let’s review Huawei’s 5G phones in 2019.
Huawei Mate X
At the Huawei Barcelona conference, Huawei officially launched the long-rumored foldable phone -HUAWEI Mate X.
The concept of foldable phones is to give users more display with a smaller size. However, due to the complications and industrial manufacturing problems, such devices require loads of tests before they hit the market.
Huawei Mate X comes with the Balong 5000 SoC, the industry’s first 7nm multi-mode 5G terminal chip. It fully supports the two mainstream networking methods (SA and NSA) and has an excellent 5G connection capability. At the same time, it is backward compatible with various network standards such as 4G, 3G, and 2G.
Starting Price: about $2,500
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G phone is Huawei’s first 5G phone to hit the market. It adopts Kirin 980 chip and Balong 5000 baseband. Like Mate X, it also supports NSA / SA networking modes.
Starting Price: about $1250
Huawei Mate 30 series
On September 26, 2019, Huawei held a new product launch event in Shanghai. At this event, the company released its 2019 flagship lineup – Mate 30 series.
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The Huawei Mate 30 series uses the flagship Kirin 990 SoC and it supports an ultra-sensitive Leica quad-rear camera setup. In the series, Huawei Mate 30 Pro uses a 6.53-inch 88° hyper-curved OLED ring screen with a resolution of 1176×2400. It supports HDR display and the top border is only 4.2mm.
The entire Huawei Mate 30 series uses a Kirin 990 processor. In addition to the regular 4G network version, there is also a Kirin 990 5G version. The adoption of the new processor makes the Huawei Mate 30 series the most powerful 5G mobile phone at present. The Kirin 990 5G is built with a new 7nm + EUV process. It consists of 2 Cortex-A76 high-performance cores with a frequency of 2.86GHz, 2 Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2.36GHz, and 4 Cortex- 1.95GHz A55 small nuclear composition.
At the same time, it is also the world’s first mobile terminal chip with more than 10.3 billion transistors. Side-by-side with mainstream flagship chips, the single-core performance is 10% higher, and the multi-core performance is 9% higher. Kirin 990 5G supports 5G SA / NSA dual-mode, 2G / 3G / 4G / 5G full Netcom, 5G / 4G dual card standby, and FDD / TDD full frequency band.
Kirin 990 also supports 2 / 3 / 4G networks. In conjunction with bandwidth allocation technology, Kirin 990 5G can reduce power consumption by 44% under light load data. Through advanced adaptive receiver technology, it achieves a 19% increase in downlink speed in 120 km mobile scenarios.
Starting Price: about $850
Huawei nova 6 5G
As a leader in 5G technology, Huawei’s new nova series is naturally indispensable for 5G. In addition to supporting dual-mode 5G, this time the Huawei nova 6 series is standard for the entire system 105° front ultra-wide-angle dual camera and other stylish black technology.
Huawei nova6 5G uses the Balong 5000 5G baseband chip, which gives full play to Huawei’s industry-leading advantages in 5G technology and supports SA / NSA dual-mode dual-card full Netcom. Even after SA independent networking is completed to replace NSA, it can still enjoy true 5G fast network services.
In addition, in order to achieve a smoother network experience, Huawei nova6 5G uses advanced smart dual-card switching technology. When 5G network coverage is available, 5G Internet access is automatically preferred. When the 5G signal is not good, the 4G network connects automatically.
In addition, Huawei Nova 6 retains dual-frequency GPS high-speed accurate positioning technology. Even if you encounter complex terrain with high-rise buildings and staggering interchanges, you no longer need to worry about getting lost.
Starting Price: about $550