Huawei ‘Open’ to the Idea of Selling 5G Modems to Apple

11 April, 2019, 14:29 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Huawei launched the Balong 5000 5G modem in January

A source that spoke with Engadget stated that Huawei is "open" to the idea of selling 5G modems, but only to Apple. Samsung, Xiaomi, LG and ZTE have already announced 5G ready smartphones that will go on sale during the second quarter of this year.

With Apple stuck in a constant legal skirmish with Qualcomm, it doesn't appear that the chip manufacturer will be supplying its technology to the iPhone maker, despite the fact that analysts are confident that Qualcomm will turn back its decision.

With the Qualcomm option more or less unavailable for Apple, the company could end up turning to Huawei.

Indeed, as a result of the delays Apple has supposedly lost confidence in Intel to deliver the chip, which could mean Apple will be stuck with 4G until 2021 - two years after some companies will have launched 5G phones. Huawei now uses its Balong 5000 5G modem, and it is reported that this chip will be integrated with the Mate 30 series when they officially roll out later this year.

AN UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIP may be about to blossom, as Huawei is reportedly willing to flog its 5G modem chips to Apple.

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Apart from the technical and political considerations, Apple might also have its slowing sales growth to think about.

However, it is not yet known if both companies have started conversations regarding this.

Apart from China, having a 5G iPhone could help Apple in other markets where 5G technology is starting to be deployed. This is the first phone of the company with 5G capabilities, thanks to the Balong 5000 platform.

It is not only Samsung but even OnePlus, a relatively smaller company compared to Apple, will launch their 5G OnePlus 7 model much earlier in 2019. Why This Plan Is Impossible To call Huawei a potential partner for Apple is probably one of the most controversial statements in the tech world.

This would give Apple the ability to build an iPhone that would support 5G networks built off of existing 4G infrastructure, as well as the "standalone" 5G networks that will follow, the report added. In addition to the fact that it would pay an opponent, it could likewise create issues with the USA government.

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