Huawei launches first commercial 5G chipset, device

Balong 5000 is a 5G multi-mode chipset, initially powering the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router

Balong 5000 has a range of 5G applications, from smartphones, to home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules.
Balong 5000 has a range of 5G applications, from smartphones, to home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules.

Huawei last week launched its first 5G multi-mode chipset, the Balong 5000– along with the first commercial 5G device powered by it, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router. Together, says the company, these two new products provide the world's fastest wireless connections for smartphones, as well as the home and office.

Balong 5000 supports a broad range of 5G products in addition to smartphones, including home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules.

"The Balong 5000 will open up a whole new world to consumers," said the CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu. "It will enable everything to sense, and will provide the high-speed connections needed for pervasive intelligence. Powered by the Balong 5000, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro enables consumers to access networks more freely and enjoy an incredibly fast connected experience.”

Balong 5000

Balong 5000 supports 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G on a single chip. Huawei says the chip reduces latency and power consumption when exchanging data between different modes, and will significantly enhance user experience in the early stages of commercial 5G deployment.

At Sub-6 GHz (low-frequency bands, the main spectrum used for 5G), Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds up to 4.6 Gbps for peak 5G download speeds in industry benchmarks. On mmWave spectrum (high-frequency bands used as extended spectrum for 5G), Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds up to 6.5 Gbps – 10 times faster than top 4G LTE speeds on the market today.

Balong 5000 also supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures for 5G. With non-standalone, 5G network architecture is built on top of legacy 4G LTE networks, whereas standalone 5G, as the name implies, will have its own independent architecture.

Balong 5000 also supports Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communications, providing low-latency and reliable solutions for connected vehicles. Huawei's 5G smartphones powered by Balong 5000 will be released at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Huawei 5G CPE Pro

Powered by Balong 5000, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router supports both 4G and 5G wireless connections. On a 5G network, a 1-GB HD video clip can be downloaded within three seconds, and 8K video can be streamed smoothly without lag. In addition to homes, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro can also be used by small and medium-sized enterprises for fast broadband access.

Huawei 5G CPE Pro router supports both 4G and 5G wireless connections

Adopting new Wi-Fi 6 technology, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro delivers speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps. It is the first 5G CPE that supports HUAWEI HiLink protocols, bringing smart homes into the 5G era.

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