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Huawei poised to produce 5G TV sets?

Although Huawei has explicitly denied reports about producing 5G-enabled 8K TV receivers, questions are still being asked. What could possibly be deterring the company from leveraging its 5G first-mover advantage?

5G promises not only improved viewers’ experiences across all devices and video formats, but also higher compatibility with any devices connected to the Internet. This could result in more cord-cutters looking for new broadband-TV options.

Earlier this year, Huawei unveiled Balong 5000 — a 5G chipset — that powers Huawei 5G CPE Pro. With 5G capabilities chipset, 8K, VR or AR video can be streamed speedily to homes, offices, hotels or mobile devices without any lag.

Futhermore, Huawei is reported to be the world’s second-biggest provider of TV chipsets, trailing MediaTek of Taiwan.

As Huawei has the resources, it would be a natural business progression for the company to move into the broadband-TV sector.

Indeed, Huawei could integrate its 5G chipset into a TV, similar to the 5G foldable phone launched. Hence, the TV could double up as a 5G router and it could reduce the reliance on cable or broadband services. This would effectively decrease the high cost of delivering 8K content.

Currently, the 8K TV ecosystem is maturing but for 8K content to really prevail, it requires 8K-enabled receivers and screens at prices below US$4,000. At the moment, Samsung and Sony are planning to sell 8K TV sets, starting from $5,000 and with some well over $10,000.

While the Chinese technology giant may not prioritise building 8K TV as 5G base stations have to be set up around the country to receive and transmit the signals, the Chinese news agency Xin Huahas reported  that Huawei had already designed and launched Huawei Tiangang, a core chip specifically for 5G base stations.

The chip uses beam-forming technology to support 64 channels — the highest among today’s industry standards. Since its launch, the company has shipped the chips to more than 25,000 5G base stations globally.

Despite facing strong headwinds and trade pressures from the US in the telecom equipment business, Huawei’s R&D and progress in developing chip sets and consumer electronics continue unabated; it has overtaken Apple to become world’s No.2 provider of mobile phones.

Thus, what is there to stop Huawei to produce in the not-too-distant future for millions of millennials in China and beyond who are yearning for an affordable 5G-enabled super vertical monitor that can be flipped into a TV set?

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