Huawei Launches 5G Multi-Mode Chipset and Modem – 5G Phone to be Unveiled at MWC 2019

Amidst the recent undesirable turn of events, Huawei is keeping its head above water throughout the race for 5G.

On Jan. 24, the company officially launched its 5G multi-mode chipset Balong 5000, along with the first commercial 5G device powered by it, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro.

Huawei also announced that the company’s 5G smartphone powered by Balong 5000 will be released at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Huawei launches the world's first single-chip multi-mode modem
Huawei launches the world’s first single-chip multi-mode modem (Source: Huawei)

This chipset supports a broad range of 5G products in addition to smartphones, including home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules.

“The Balong 5000 will open up a whole new world to consumers,” said the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu. “The 5G CPE Pro enables consumers to access networks more freely and enjoy an incredibly fast connected experience.”

Huawei explains that at full capacity, the Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds up to 6.5 Gbps, which is 10 times faster than top 4G LTE speeds on the market today. On a 5G network, a 1-GB HD video clip can be downloaded within three seconds, and 8K video can be streamed smoothly without any lag.

The Huawei 5G CPE Pro achieves a high speed of 3.2 Gbps in live network tests (Source: Huawei)

Should these numbers remain stable, this may open up to a whole new world of possibilities in AR gaming, Big Data transfers, and many other applications not possible before.

Huawei began its research and development in 5G as early as 2009. Huawei has a team of engineers dedicated to 5G R&D and has established 11 joint innovation centers for 5G solutions worldwide.