Huawei has unveiled some devices at MWC 2018, though they didn’t reveal any of their flagship smartphones there. One of them is the first commercially-available 5G modem at their keynote in Barcelona last Sunday, a day before MWC 2018 officially opens.
The Balong 5G01 is an in-house developed chip that supports 5G standards set by regulator 3GPP and is capable of supporting speeds of up to 2.3 Gbps, a little bit far from the 20Gbps standard set by the mobile council. It also has support for all spectrum bands including sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies.
Huawei is known for providing telecommunications equipment provider across various countries.
There’s no pricing for the chip yet but we expect to see this on smartphones once the 5G technology has been rolled-out. The Chinese company expects the first roll-out of 5G networks by this year.