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Huawei Mate 20 X Phone Gets Ahead in 5G License Race

By Teng Jing Xuan / Jun 25, 2019 05:02 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: IC Photo

Photo: IC Photo

Huawei’s Mate 20 X smartphone has received China’s first license for 5G end-devices, the telecommunications-equipment maker said on its Weibo account Tuesday.

The updated 5G version of the Mate 20 X, which Huawei launched earlier this month, supports both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks, Huawei said.

Non-standalone 5G networks use existing 4G infrastructure, while standalone networks require newer infrastructure designed specifically for 5G internet. China’s major carriers are likely to transition into 5G technology through non-standalone coverage, before graduating onto standalone networks.

Leading wireless carrier China Mobile said earlier this month that it had it had ordered more than 10,000 5G handsets for testing, including 5,000 Huawei Mate 20 X phones.

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