Who Can “Be The First 5G”?

5G promises to transform our cities, our industries, the media and more, but inside our smartphones, what will change? The 5G is on the mouths of all current high-tech players. Operators are testing it, chip makers are working on it, and smartphone manufacturers are getting ready. Among these, the Huawei group (which also includes the Honor brand) is on the starting blocks and wants to be “the first manufacturer” to exploit, according to statements by two officials.

We had the opportunity to discuss the subject with James Zou and Changzhou Li, the first is responsible for international sales at Honor, and the second vice president of the smartphone branch at Huawei. On both sides, the speech is the same, the brand wants to be the first to arrive on the market with a 5G compatible modem in a smartphone. No doubt that demonstrations should take place at the MWC in Barcelona in February 2019. In this race for technology, Huawei is not alone, even within his own country since Xiaomi also intends to release a Mi Mix 3 compatible 5G in the coming months. So we are far from Apple who will probably wait until 2020 to adopt the new standard of the mobile Internet. According to the head of Honor, “the company is closely monitoring the sector to react as quickly as possible”. When you benefit from the weight of Huawei, incidentally giant network infrastructure, it is at the same time a little easier.

Huawei Is Working On A Graphene Battery

But the deployment of 5G is not likely to be a pleasure. From a technological point of view, the new standard poses many problems, first and foremost that of electricity consumption. Like 4G at the time, the 5G is a very greedy battery which may pose a slight problem when the autonomy is still too often the Achilles heel of smartphones. For James Zou is also why we can not consider the evolution to 5G without further technological improvements. “I think that with 5nm processors and new charging technologies, we can solve the problem of consumption,” says the official, who takes the opportunity to confirm that the next generation of mobile chips at Huawei should adopt the engraving 5 nm if all goes well.

Still, with the aim of solving this problem, the sales manager explains that the Honor Huawei group is indeed working on graphene batteries, a technology that has been promising for a few years now. According to him, the only limitation to the use of such technology today is “the cost”, but the product is otherwise mature. A news that joins what we heard on the side of Samsung a few weeks ago. The Honor Magic 2 uses a graphene cooling system.

The fate of 5G is closely linked to other technical developments in the smartphone sector. What to consider this new technology other than through the prism very vague its legal application or laboratory tests.

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