Huawei was originally reported to be supplying 5G modem chipsets for the iPhone 2020. But the Chinese technology company has dismissed the rumor outright. The 5G Balong 5000 modem made by Huawei will not be sold to other companies as told by the Chairman of Huawei, Ken Hu.
According to Ken, Huawei has not had any form of contract or contact with Apple regarding this matter. “We (Huawei) have not had any discussion with Apple regarding this,” said Ken briefly.
This statement contradict with what Huawei’s CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei said before. In an interview, Ren said that Huawei would consider selling its 5G chip, the Balong 5000 to other smartphone vendors, including Apple, a veteran competitor in smartphone industry.
“We are open to Apple in this regard”, said Ren as quoted by KompasTekno from Reuters on Thursday (04/18/2019), currently, Huawei can indeed be said as the rising star of technology companies.
Huawei, Pioneering the 5G Connectivity
Huawei is one of the companies that focuses and develops the 5G networks. As of late March, Huawei was reported to have signed 40 contracts to build 5G infrastructure in several regions of the world.
As one of the pioneers in 5G technology, Huawei also has a smartphone business line. Huawei will also embed the 5G modem on its newest smartphone products.
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Meanwhile, the opposite conditions are being experienced by Apple. The company led by Tim Cook does not have a smartphone that has a 5G connection. The latest iPhone with 5G support is targeted to launch in 2020.
To make its first 5G phone, Apple currently relies on Intel as the main supplier of 5G modems. But recently, word got out that Intel had failed to meet the deadline for the development of the XMM 8160 5G modem, which was planned to be embedded in the iPhone.
Intel is predicted to not be able to meet the number of Apple 5G modem requests on time, when the iPhone 5G is launched in 2020. Resulting in a postponed launch date.