MWC 2019

Huawei’s new Balong 5000 5G modem is fast and backward compatible

Giving it an edge over its competitor

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Richard Yu unveiling the Balong 5000 | Image credit: Huawei

Despite the hurdles Huawei is facing, the company won’t step back in the 5G race. To strengthen their position in the world of 5G technology, the Chinese company launched the Balong 5000, a multi-mode 5G modem.

Huawei joins the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung with the announcement of their own 5G modem. Setting Balong 5000 apart is its multi-mode compatibility. Like the Exynos Modem 5100 of Samsung, the Balong 5000 offers 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G connectivity on a single chip. Qualcomm’s X50 modem, on the other hand, requires another chipset with LTE connectivity to connect to 4G.

According to Huawei, the new modem can achieve sub-6GHz download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps and up to 6.5Gbps over the mmWave spectrum. Of course, real-world results will be slower due to congestion and other factors.

Huawei also boasts Balong 5000 to be the first modem to support both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks. Non-standalone networks are built over existing LTE networks, while standalone architecture is purely 5G. Basically, this will benefit subscribers by having the capability to connect to new and old cellular towers without any issues.

Huawei 5G CPE Pro | Image credit: Huawei

Alongside the launch of Balong 5000 is the first device to be powered by the new 5G modem — the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. The multi-mode modem is not only for smartphones, but it’ll also be applied to vehicles and home broadband devices such as the 5G CPE Pro.

Huawei’s newest wireless broadband solution supports both 4G and 5G connections. On a 5G network, subscribers will able to download a 1GB video clip within three seconds and stream 8K video smoothly.

The Huawei 5G CPE Pro also adopts the new Wi-Fi 6 technology to deliver speeds of up to 4.8Gbps to supported devices.

Huawei promises to release new 5G smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

SEE ALSO: Huawei threatens to pull out from hostile countries

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Energizer’s Power Max P18K Pop smartphone has 18000mAh battery

Is this a phone or a power bank?

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Image credit: Energizer (via GSMArena)

When we first heard about the soon-to-be-announced Energizer phones, we were a bit disappointed that they don’t live up to the brand’s core legacy: long-lasting batteries. But, France’s Avenir Telecom is finally giving us the Energizer phone we want: the Power Max P18K Pop.

Energizer’s upcoming phone might be a mouthful, but at least you’ll be glad to know that the “P18K” in its name stands for the massive 18000mAh battery. Phones nowadays have around 3000mAh inside, so that’ll make Energizer’s six times more generous.

To supply power to this huge battery, the phone supports 18W quick charging with USB-C Power Delivery 2.0. Of course, you can use it as a power bank to charge other phones and accessories. To be honest, this phone has twice the capacity of the power bank I bring around.

Specs-wise, the phone practically has the same hardware as the U620S Pop we previously featured. To house the much larger battery though, the thickness grew to 18mm from 10.3mm. It’ll also have a pop-up selfie camera with dual 16- and 2-megapixel sensors. On the back, it’ll have three more 12-, 5-, and 2-megapixel cameras.

Screen size is at 6.2 inches with a Full HD+ resolution, but no cutout or notch. It’s powered by MediaTek’s Helio P70 paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

According to GSMArena, the phone will be available by June. Pricing is unknown, although the phone will be present at MWC 2019. A total of 26 new Energizer phones will be unveiled during the convention.

SEE ALSO: Energizer smartphones will have pop-up dual selfie cameras

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LG G8 ThinQ render leaks, shows notch and two rear cameras

Resembles the V40 ThinQ

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After all the Samsung and Vivo leaks we’ve been witnessing lately, it’s about time we see some early info on LG’s own upcoming smartphone.

We’re already aware that LG has a few smartphones in store for us at Mobile World Congress 2019, but it hasn’t been made clear yet which models we can expect.

An early official-looking render of the G8 ThinQ may have a part of the answer we’re looking for:

It’s been rumored that this upcoming flagship will be one of the phones unveiled by LG at MWC 2019, even though it’s been less than a year since the G7 ThinQ launched.

What’s not evident, however, is if this will have 5G or the gesture control LG has been teasing. It’s definitely not the company’s rumored foldable phone — that’s for sure.

Speculation aside, we’re assured of two rear cameras and a relatively wide notch in front that house a single selfie camera. It generally bears a resemblance to last year’s V40 ThinQ, which is another flagship offering of the Korean brand.

The leak doesn’t include any specifications for the hardware or software, so we’ll have to wait till LG’s big event on February 24 to learn more.

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OnePlus will reveal a 5G-enabled device at MWC 2019

5G fever is on

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Within the next few months, 5G-enabled phones will dominate the market. The new networking technology will make its much-awaited debut sometime this year. Capitalizing on early adoption, smartphone makers are preparing users for the hopefully faster download speeds. Already, Samsung, Huawei, and LG have hinted at their own contenders.

After everyone’s rumors and announcements, OnePlus is throwing its hat into the ring. At MWC 2019, the company will unveil its own 5G-enabled device as part of its exhibit. According to an official announcement, OnePlus will showcase “5G gaming on a OnePlus 5G prototype.”

Last month, a OnePlus 7 prototype appeared in the wild. Barring any other changes, the upcoming flagship will likely come with a camera slider, eradicating the need for a notch or a camera hole. At this point, it’s too early to tell what else OnePlus has in store.

Coincidentally, OnePlus’ MWC display opens an opportune possibility. The company can also unveil its latest flagship at the event. Alternatively, the announced device might also be the OnePlus 7 itself. Still, OnePlus will likely unveil an entirely different device. The company’s wording — “5G gaming” and “5G prototype” — hints at a gaming-focused device.

Regardless, MWC is right around the corner. OnePlus will soon reveal its hand in the industry’s upcoming 5G landscape. At the same time, other smartphone makers will host their own displays at the huge event. As always, MWC will likely cause a lot of dramatic shifts in the industry going forward.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 5 and 5T begin receiving Android 9 Pie

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