At MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Huawei announced a curious new product. It turned out to be the first commercial chip supporting fifth-generation networks - Balong 5G01. It is reported that the new product meets accepted 3GPP standards and surpasses the latest development of Qualcomm - a modem Snapdragon X24, capable of achieving data download speeds of up to 2 Gbps.
According to the manufacturer, Balong 5G01 is capable of achieving a record speed of 2.3 Gbps. At the same time, the chip supports 5G in all frequency bands, including millimeter wave (mmWave) and the "up to 6 GHz" (Sub6GHz) band. It is reported that the development of Huawei is able to work in two modes - standalone, not dependent on LTE, and non-autonomous, working on the basis of LTE. It is expected that the fifth generation networks will contribute to the development of the Internet of things. But we should not forget about mobile devices, whose owners are also looking forward to 5G support on the new smartphones. Despite the fact that it is still a long time to wait for such gadgets, Huawei has shared information about its work in this area. Thanks to cooperation with many telecommunications service providers, such as Vodafone, Softbank, T-Mobile, BT, Telefonica, China Mobile and China Telecom, the next generation networks were tested last year, and this year we can already expect their commercial introduction. As for smartphones with 5G support, the Chinese manufacturer intends to release its own gadget in late fall-early winter of next year. Most likely, it will be the next flagship from the Mate series.