Huawei to launch first 5G-enabled smartphone around Q3 2019

Chinese network gear and handset maker Huawei will be launching its first 5G-enabled smartphone in the second half of 2019, the company revealed at its global analyst summit – HAS 2018 on Tuesday.

The device is expected to make its debut around Q3 of 2019 and interestingly will be using company’s own 5G chipset. Meanwhile, it is also expected that the company’s first 5G smartphone will be from its Mate series.

The company had earlier launched its first 5G modem Balong 5G01 modem which is known to be too large for smartphones but could deliver download speeds of up to 2.3 GBps. Now the company is also working on a 5G modem particularly suited for phones.

At the summit, Huawei told that it’s working on AI-enabled, software-defined cameras that would enable upto 25 times better image processing in complex environments and would be able to recognize as many as 200 faces at a time.

The company has an overall vision of upgrading to intelligent phones from smartphones and has been working on various capabilities where AI can play a role such as image, voice, text, video, augmented reality, recommendations etc.

Huawei had earlier integrated mobile AI in its Huawei Mate 10. In this smartphone, it had integrated a neural processor dedicated to speed up AI functions locally on device.