Has the Race to Launch the First 5G Smartphone Begun?

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By Malik Saadi | 2Q 2018 | IN-5126


Huawei Plays Down Role of 5G at Analyst Summit


During Huawei's annual Analyst Summit held in April, the company played down the role of 5G more than may have been expected. This cautious stance seemed to fly in the face of much of the current hype surrounding 5G and can be viewed as a reality check on the challenges that lie ahead for the introduction of the required networks and services across the globe. Indeed, during the summit, Huawei announced that the first 5G network rollouts would not occur until after 2019, while at the same time, it was pushing toward the continued use of LTE and its enhancements. This vision of 5G was mainly from a network perspective, so taking this as a starting point, ABI Research explores potential scenarios and launch date expectations for 5G smartphone models.

Will Second Tier Vendors Ignite the 5G Smartphone Market?


Although Huawei chose to downplay the immediate significance of 5G at the show, the company is nonetheless pushing ahead for the launch of a 5G smartphone sometime in the nex…

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