Earlier today, we reported that OPPO will be debuting their first-ever 5G smartphone during the third-quarter of the year.
Following the trail of other Chinese smartphone makers, George Zhao, President of Honor’s mobile division, has revealed during the MWC press event that the company will also be announcing a 5G smartphone this year and is slated to be somewhere during the forth-quarter of the year.
According to Zhao, Honor is not planning to jump into the 5G bandwagon just for the sake of 5G itself. But instead, the company’s main focus is to decide what kind of 5G experience they want to provide to the consumers. Even for their first 5G-based smartphone, the company needs to ensure its long-term usability for the users. This explains why Honor is slightly behind schedule as compared to other Chinese smartphone makers.
Moving on, Zhao also mention that he does not recommend 5G support on budget smartphones (~1000 Yuan) due to the lack of technical capabilities (CPU/ GPU) which would otherwise affects the device’s overall performance. Therefore, the first Honor smartphone with 5G support will be a flagship-grade device.
Before ending off, Zhao also estimated that more than 100 million 5G smartphones could be sold next month alone, with China being the first country to cross the 100 million mark.