The Balong 5000 supports 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G connectivity on a single chip and Huawei's 5G smartphones powered by Balong 5000 will be released at this year's MWC in Barcelona.
Huawei has launched its 5G multi-mode chipset called Balong 5000 along with the first commercial 5G device powered by it, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router. The Chinese company claims that together, these products provide the world's fastest wireless connections. Huawei also claims that the chipset supports a broad range of 5G products, including smartphones, home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules.
“The Balong 5000 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. Huawei has an integrated set of capabilities across chips, devices, cloud services, and networks,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, said in a statement.
Huawei says that the Balong 5000 supports 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G on a single chip, and reduces latency as well as power consumption when exchanging data between different modes. At Sub-6 GHz (low-frequency bands, the main spectrum used for 5G), it is claimed that the Balong 5000 can achieve download speeds up to 4.6 Gbps. On mmWave spectrum (high-frequency bands used as extended spectrum for 5G), Balong 5000 is said to achieve download speeds up to 6.5 Gbps, which is 10 times faster than top 4G LTE speeds.
Balong 5000 is also claimed to be the world's first chipset that 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. Huawei says that the chip can meet different user and carrier requirements for connecting devices.
The Balong 5000 is also claimed to be the world's first multi-mode chipset to support Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communications, providing low-latency and highly 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, the company said.
Meanwhile, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro supports 4G and 5G wireless connections. Huawei claims that on a 5G network, a 1GB HD video clip can be downloaded within three seconds, and 8K video can be streamed without lag. The router also adopts a new Wi-Fi 6 technology to deliver speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps. It is claimed to be the first 5G CPE to support Huawei HiLink protocols.
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