Huawei Poised for a Strong Debut in the 5G Smartphone Market
Huawei is reportedly gearing up to launch a mid-range 5G smartphone, potentially hitting the market as early as October, according to China's IT Times.
Huawei is reportedly gearing up to launch a mid-range 5G smartphone, potentially hitting the market as early as October, according to China's IT Times. This development signals Huawei's resilience in the face of U.S. sanctions, which have hindered the company's access to essential chipmaking tools for producing advanced handset models. Due to these restrictions, Huawei has been limited to releasing small batches of 5G devices utilizing stockpiled chips.
The IT Times, relying on information from industrial supply chain sources, suggests that Huawei is preparing to introduce a 5G variant of its mid-range Nova series around October or November. When approached for comment, Huawei did not immediately respond to the IT Times report. It's worth noting that the IT Times is owned by the Shanghai branch of state-owned China Telecom.
In the past month, Huawei discreetly unveiled the Mate 60 Pro smartphone with minimal advertising or prior announcement. Research firms have indicated that this device is powered by a domestically-manufactured 7-nanometer processor and boasts 5G capabilities, marking a significant stride in China's endeavors to strengthen its domestic chip ecosystem.
To provide context, Huawei's previous Nova model was limited to 4G connectivity and retailed for approximately 2,400 yuan ($329) within China. In contrast, the Mate 60 Pro, which has been released in limited quantities so far, comes with a price tag of 6,999 yuan.
Huawei is expected to reveal further details about the Mate 60 Pro at an upcoming product launch event scheduled for next week.