Despite the uncertainty that surrounds Huawei after the commercial truce established between the US. and China at the G20 Summit, the telecommunications giant plans to bring its first 5G smartphone to the market. Initially, the company expected that its folding Mate X would be the first mobile device to incorporate this technology, but an unexpected delay forced Huawei to delay its launch until next September.
Now, anonymous sources quoted by the Global Times have revealed that the company’s first 5G smartphones will be the Mate 20 X, and its launch will take place at an exclusive event at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Previously, the government of the Asian country had authorized the deployment of 5G services in the nation by state technology firms.
According to the report, the device will integrate a 7.2-inch AMOLED screen, a 24-megapixel front camera and a system of three rear cameras that offer up to 40 megapixels. From the aesthetic point of view, the design of the Mate 20 X 5G is practically the same as the Mate 20 X version, however, the 5G model has a characteristic emerald green color and a “5G” stamp on the back that will be a distinction between both models.
With regard to hardware, the Mate X 20 5G will be powered by a Balong 5000 modem, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB storage and a 4,200 mAh battery. Like the 4G version, the device will feature the 7-nanometer (nm) Kirin 980 processor from the company.
The performance of the device in the 5G networks of the Asian country should be optimal. The report explains that the mobile is compatible with NSA, the first 5G standard “non-autonomous“, and the SA, the new independent standard for 5G networks.
This release is further evidence that Huawei will not give its arm to the commercial sanctions imposed by the US. So far, the Trump administration has assured that Huawei collaborates with the Chinese government in alleged commercial espionage work on US soil, an accusation that has not been proven so far with conclusive evidence.
In May, the US Department of Commerce included Huawei in his blacklist of entities, claiming that it represented a risk to national security. Subsequently, the White House issued a letter banning American companies from doing business with the Asian manufacturer. After several weeks of intense conflict, the USA announced that it would soften this prohibition, however, Huawei continues to be part of the list of enemy companies of the Trump government.