After announcing the 5G-capable Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone at MWC 2019, Huawei is now planning to launch the world’s first television with 5G connectivity. According to Nikkei Asian Review, the upcoming Huawei TV will have a whopping 8K resolution and feature a built-in 5G module. While some of you may be thinking that it is a pointless idea to add 5G connectivity to a TV, there are some pretty obvious benefits.
Even though there is hardly any 8K content available right now, the Huawei 5G TV will not require any fiber optic connection or even a cable box. You will not only be able to enjoy streaming high-quality 4K, 360-degree, and VR content but also use the TV as a router hub. While no 8K TV with cellular connectivity is currently available, Samsung and Sony do offer 8K TVs. The most affordable 8K TV from Samsung happens to be the 65-inch Q900, priced at $5,000. Research firm HIS Markit has forecasted that 8K TV shipments will increase from less than 20,000 last year to 4,30,000 this year. In 2020, the company expects nearly 2 million 8K TVs to be shipped globally.
While Chinese display vendors such as BOE and China Star Optoelectronics supply large TV panels, supply of high-quality 8K TV panels is dominated by Samsung Display. This could mean that the upcoming 8K TV from Huawei will use a Samsung panel. However, compared to Samsung, Huawei has greater resources as well as expertise when it comes to 5G. Apart from its first 5G smartphone, Huawei has launched several 5G base stations as well as 5G routers.