Beijing, July 24 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp has announced that its 5G smartphones were available for reservation in China since Tuesday, China Daily reported Wednesday.
It is the country's first 5G phone model to have its price announced and to have entered the pre-sale phase.
The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 mobile platform and a 4000mAh capacity battery with wireless charging support.
It is also equipped with a 6.47-inch AMOLED display and featured a triple camera setup which includes a 48-megapixel main sensor, an ultra-wide 20-megapixel lens and a 8-megapixel telephoto lens, according to the paper.
The company said the handset will be put on sale through its official online store as well as e-commerce platforms for 4,999 yuan (about 727 U.S. dollars) each.
Chinese smartphone maker races to gain a foothold in the increasingly competitive 5G smartphone market. Up to now, Chinese smartphone vendors, including Huawei, ZTE, Oppo, Vivo and One Plus have secured the 5G certificate.
Huawei is also scheduled to release its 5G smartphone, the Mate 20X 5G, this Friday.
"Sales of 5G smartphones in China can only take up 1 to 2 percent of the whole market this year. That's about two to three million units. But the launch of ZTE's 5G smartphone is a boost to the company's brand," the paper quoted James Yan, research director at Counterpoint Technology Market Research as saying.
Without sound internet support, there is much more efforts to be made in the fields of the user experience, product strategies and channels of 5G smartphones in China.
According to a research note by market research firm Canalys, Chinese consumers are expected to account for one-third of the world's 5G-enabled handsets within five years.
It also expects 17.5 percent of smartphones shipped in China will be 5G-capable next year and the percentage could rise considerably to 62.7 percent in 2023, said the paper.
Vientiane, July 19 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies is continuing to carry out its Seeds for the Future program in Laos, offering 10 more Lao students opportunities to learn latest ICT technologies in China.
The program aims to facilitate the transfer of ICT (information and communication technology) knowledge, thus assisting Laos to be a digitally empowered nation, the company's Lao branch CEO Wang Qi told Xinhua on Friday.
Initiated by Huawei in 2008, the Seeds for the Future program seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote greater understanding of and interest in the telecommunications sector, and improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.
Wang said at the company's program launching ceremony on Wednesday that ICT has become an important growth engine for many different industries. As a global ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the countries in which it operates, and aims to drive long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Phouth Simmalavong highly appreciated Huawei's commitment to improving Lao ICT development levels and cultivating talents in related fields.
Local daily Vientiane Times on Friday quoted the deputy minister as saying that "Huawei is the ICT industry leader in the world and the company has developed rapidly in the last few years."
"I believe the ICT industry will play a very important role in the Lao economy. Seeds for the Future is an excellent project which provides a good opportunity for Lao students to study new ICT technologies at Huawei. I hope you (the students) can broaden your knowledge and contribute to our country in the future," the Lao official said at the ceremony.
Rome, July 16 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies will invest 3.1 billion U.S. dollars over the next three years in Italy, local media reported on Monday.
Addressing the press on the sidelines of an exhibition in Milan, Huawei's Italian unit chief executive Thomas Miao said the investment plan would allow 1,000 new direct jobs in the period 2019-2021, according to Ansa news agency.
More specifically, the plan would consist of some 1.2 billion U.S. dollars invested in operations and marketing, and 1.9 billion U.S. dollars in direct supplies, while 52 million U.S. dollars would be added for research and development activities, Ansa also said.
Speaking to reporters, Miao stressed the solidity of Sino-Italian commercial ties.
"They are two well-paired countries: Italy needs China, and vice versa, and I am very optimistic from a business point of view," state broadcaster RAI News24 cited him as saying.
The country CEO also urged Italy to make a "transparent, efficient, and fair" use of its golden power on the development of 5G networks.
On Friday, in fact, the Italian government passed a decree boosting the so-called "golden power" legislation, and increasing the power of the state to intervene in the private sector of ICT infrastructure networks -- including 5G -- due to "urgent need to strengthen national security in strategic sectors".
Under the new decree -- which needs approval by parliament within 60 days -- Italian public and private companies must now inform the government of any purchase of 5G technologies from non-European suppliers.
Huawei-Italy's CEO called for the new rules to be fair "for all suppliers", and not applied to extra-European providers only.
"The 5G technology is very important," RAI cited Miao as saying.
The CEO added the new 5G golden power rules should be neutral and "apply to all, in order to be sure that -- from the first day -- we have a safe and reliable infrastructure, since the country needs to be ready before the roll-out".
Operating in the country since 2004, Huawei now employs some 850 people in Italy, and has inaugurated its new headquarters in Milan earlier this year.
In its 15-year activity, it has opened four innovations centers in cooperation with Italian ICT operators and a Joint Innovation Center for Smart & Safe City in cooperation with the regional government of Sardinia and its Center for Advanced Studies, Research, and Development (CRS4).
Huawei is the largest of five global companies currently selling 5G equipment and systems, the others being Chinese ZTE, Finnish Nokia, Swedish Ericsson, and South Korean's Samsung.
Kuwait City, July 12 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese technology and smartphone giant Huawei unveiled its first 5G-enabled smartphone HUAWEI Mate 20 X on Thursday to Kuwaiti consumers.
At the launch event held in the Avenues Mall in Farwaniya Governorate, the largest shopping mall of Kuwait, Jiang Guang'ao, general manager of Consumers BG Kuwait Representative Office, said the HUAWEI Mate 20 X is a revolution in technology and innovation in the world.
"This event enables customers to enjoy the best-in-class performance and best 5G network with ultra-high speed and low latency services," he said.
The Huawei Mate 20 X will be available in Kuwait from July 18.
Haidar Ali, 24, who works in the marketing department of a Kuwaiti communication company, told Xinhua that the new Huawei smartphone that supports 5G has really great features.
"I tried it and it's really great with high-speed service. I recommend people to try it," Ali said.
Fahad Mhawesh, a 29-year-old salesman, said the Mate 20 X is the first high-speed smartphone that reached Kuwait where the 7.2-inch screen is best for gamers and can be used as tablets.
"I came to the event to see the 5G smartphone. It's amazing that it supports the new technology and has the whole package in one place," Mohammad Foad, a 22-year-old student, expressed his excitement.
Shenzhen, Jul 12 (AP/UNB) — The chairman of Huawei said Friday the Chinese tech giant has yet to see any benefit from President Donald Trump's promise to allow U.S. companies to sell some components to the company and called on Washington to remove it from a security blacklist.
The "unjust and unfair" decision to add Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest maker of network equipment for phone companies, to a list that restricts exports is hurting its U.S. suppliers and global customers, Liang Hua told a news conference.
American officials accuse Huawei of facilitating Chinese spying, a charge the company denies, and see it as a growing competitor to U.S. technology industries. Its founder, Ren Zhengfei, said in June the company has cut sales forecasts by $30 billion over the next two years due to curbs on access to U.S. chips and other components.
Trump promised last month to allow some sales to Huawei but said it will stay on the "entity list" until talks over Washington's tariff war with Beijing are concluded.
"So far we haven't seen any tangible change," Liang said.
"We're not saying that just because things have relaxed a little, we're fine with being on the blacklist," he said. "Actually, we believe our listing on the blacklist should be lifted completely."
Despite the U.S. export restrictions, Huawei revenue grew in the first half of this year, Liang said. He declined to give details ahead of the release of financial results later this month.
Trump's export curbs are a blow to U.S. suppliers of chips and other technology for which Huawei is one of the biggest buyers.
Huawei reported earlier last year's sales rose 19.5 percent over 2017 to 721.2 billion ($105.2 billion). The company founder, Ren Zhengfei, said ahead of that he expected sales to rise 30 percent this year, but those plans were derailed by Trump's export curbs.
Liang said Huawei is deciding how to respond to possible loss of access to Google's Android operating system for its mobile phones under Trump's curbs. Huawei, the No. 2 global smartphone brand after Samsung, has developed its own operating system, Hongmeng, but has said so far it has no plans to use it on phones.
"The open Android operating system and ecosystem is still our first choice," said Liang. "Of course, if America doesn't let us use it, then might we in the future develop our own Hongmeng as our cellphone operating system? We still haven't decided yet."
Huawei also is developing its own chips and other technology, which would reduce the amount it spends on U.S. components and help to insulate the company against possible supply disruptions. Huawei announced plans in January for a next-generation smartphone based on its own chips.