Various phone manufacturers are getting ready to launch their initial 5G phones this year. Whereas the parent company Huawei is gunning to first public appearance its 5G phone in the initial half of 2019, sub-brand Honor is looking forward to releasing its initial 5G cameraphone by the second half of this year.
During a group interview with Android Authority in Paris, Honor President George Zhao confirmed that its company would be launching the initial 5G cameraphone in the “second half of the year.” However, the name of the product was not disclosed as Zhao claimed that the model would depend on the infrastructure and progress of the operators supporting the 5G networks.
The publication claims that it was in September last year that Zhao had said that the first 5G honor smartphone would be launching at sometime in 2019. In the recent past, various phone manufacturers have announced their 5G plans. Few of them are even targeting to first public appearance their 5G phones at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 event that will be held between Feb. 25 and Feb. 28 in Barcelona, Spain.
It remains to be seen in which Huawei and Honor will be releasing their first 5G phones. It looks including the U.S. and Canada may not receive 5G smartphones from Huawei and Honor early. For security concerns, the U.S. government is allegedly planning to ban Huawei branded telecommunications equipment. In December, Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada for reportedly defrauding multiple financial institutions. Huawei telecommunication gadgets are presently banned in Australia, Fresh Zealand and Japan.
What’s working in the favor of Huawei is that their business is unaffected in primary markets which includes China, India and Europe. Following Huawei, its sub-brand Honor may face no problems in launching its 5G phones in those markets.
At the February’s MWC 2019 technical expo, companies including LG, OPPO, Samsung and Xiaomi are coming to announce their first 5G telephones.