Things you may want to know about Huawei’s first 5G mobile phone

Chinese mobile giant Huawei launched its first 5G mobile phone for commercial use on July 26. While consumers can’t wait to buy the new product, they may still have some concerns about it.

1. Can the phone function normally under both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks?

Powered by the Balong 5000, Huawei’s first 7nm multi-code 5G chipset with Kirin 980, Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) is currently the world’s only dual-mode 5G cell phone that supports standalone/non-standalone (SA/NSA) simultaneously.

2. How is it different from the 4G mobile phone series?

The biggest difference lies in the speed. The peak data rate of Mate 20 X (5G) is over ten times that of 4G mobile phones, said He Gang, head of Huawei’s mobile phone division.

He downloaded the same movie with both the new product and a 4G mobile phone during the launch ceremony held in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province. While Mate 20 X (5G) registered a speed of 136 MB/s, the 4G mobile phone had only 9.22 MB/s.

Theoretically, the uplink peak rate of the product can reach 240 Mbps, the fastest in the world.

3. Will the high performance lead to shorter battery life?

Mate 20 X (5G) has a large battery capacity of 4200 mAh and can refuel to 70 percent power in just 30 minutes with the TÜV safety certified 40 W Huawei SuperCharge.

4. Can it be used under the current 4G network?

The cell phone is compatible with 4G or even 3G networks. Since China has not yet realized full coverage of 5G, the smart phone can still be used under the current 4G network.

Moreover, it supports dual SIM cards and allows users to switch between 5G and 4G cards based on their personal needs.

The handset is priced at 6,199 yuan (about 899 U.S. dollars) and will hit the market on Aug. 16.