The race to bring 5G powered Smartphones and devices to the market has already begun with popular manufacturers already promising first 5G devices by 2019.
Huawei has taken up the lead when it comes to 5G-enabled chipsets, as the manufacturer has now released the first commercially available 5G chipset, named Balong 5G01.
The Huawei Balong 5G01 chipset will be compatible with the industry standard fixed on by the 3GPP group in December 2017.
Even though the 5G speeds are expected to peak at around 20Gbps, the Balong 5G01 can reach a maximum download speed of 2.3Gbps currently.
Even though no information related to pricing were made available, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Mr. Richard Yu indicated that the Balong 5G01 is just an example of how aggressively Huawei is pushing towards adapting 5G.
Huawei has also begun testing consumer-oriented 5G devices using a brand-new 5G CPE (Consumer Premise Equipment).
The Huawei Balong 5G01 was launched during the MWC 2018 keynote event by Huawei and that is not it what we got.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 and MediaPad M5 Pro have also been announced.
Huawei MediaPad M5 and MediaPad M5 Pro
The Huawei MediaPad M5 is a tablet running Android 8.0.0 Oreo. The MediaPad M5 will be offered in two display sizes, 8.4-inches: and 10.8-inches.
The display will be an IPS LCD panel and will have a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Powering the device will be the Kirin 960 SoC from Huawei that is already seen on the Mate 9 and P10 Smartphones from the manufacturer.
Both the devices feature aluminum unibody design and are available in two color variants: Champagne Gold and Space Grey. They also share two camera sensors, one in the back and one up front, both of 8MP. There are also three storage variants: 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
The 8.4-inch MediaPad M5 will weigh 316grams, has a 5100mAh non-removable battery that can offer up to 11 hours of video playback and stereo speakers with Histen 360-degree sound experience.
The 10.4-inch MediaPad M5 will weigh 498grams, features a 5100mAh non-removable battery with an estimated life of 10 hours of video playback per charge and a quad-speaker setup with Histen 360-degree sound experience.
There is also a MediaPad M5 Pro that is announced. The device shares the same specifications as the MediaPad M5 but functions as a 2-in-1 PC with its full-sized keyboard and a stylus named “M Pen” that has a sensitivity level of 4096.
The MediaPad M5 Pro also skips the 32GB storage variant and is only available with 64GB or 128GB internal storage.
The MediaPad M5 is available in different price ranges depending on the internal storage variant and depending on whether the version features LTE or WiFi.
The price range starts with the 8.4-inch MediaPad M5 WiFi variant with 32GB that costs €349 (approx $429) and extends all the way till €549 (approx $675) for the 10.8-inch MediaPad M5 LTE variant with 128GB storage.