Today, Huawei officially released the Honor X10 which comes with an 1899 yuan ($268) starting price. With this price tag, it is the cheapest 5G smartphone in Huawei’s line-up. Obviously, the Honor X10 is set to further popularize 5G smartphones. If Huawei can have such a cheap 5G phone, it will not take long for a 1000 yuan ($141) 5G mobile phone to enter the market.
After the launch event, Honor President, Zhao Ming, accepted an exclusive interview with the media. When asked whether Honor will consider MediaTek’s 5G SoC, Zhao Ming gave a positive answer. According to him, MediaTek has been a partner of Honor’s various product lines from the early years until now. Furthermore, he said that Honor has been using MediaTek chips.
“Our strategy has always been this way, we will also cooperate with MediaTek’s 5G SoC in the future, and MediaTek has always been a glorious partner…We want to ensure that we use different platforms and experience better products than our friends. In the future, we must cooperate on multiple platforms”.
At present, MediaTek 5G SoC mainly includes Dimensity 1000L / 1000/1000 + and Dimensity 820. It is not clear which one Honor will choose. However, even if Honor chooses to use MediaTek’s 5G chips, it will probably not help MediaTek to expand its market share.
With Huawei’s Kirin chips under threat, the company will need to look for viable alternatives. MediaTek has pretty good and competitive 5G chips. Thus, it will not be a surprise if Huawei chooses to use some of its chips.
The phone of the moment is still the Honor X10 which comes with a whopping 9 5G frequency bands. This is the first smartphone to use so many 5G bands. According to the Chinese manufacturer, in the next two or three years, we will not find many smartphones with more frequency bands.