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Huawei set to launch 5G telly – report

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A report is claiming Huawei wants to become a major TV and PC player and will use its 5G expertise as a differentiator.

The scoop comes courtesy of Nikkei Asian Review which was contacted by people who think they know what they’re talking about. Those people reckon Huawei is going big on TVs and will not only stick a 5G modem in its first device, which could even be launched this year, but will go with 8k resolution.

It looks like part of the point of this telly will be to show how great 5G is, which let’s not forget is a far bigger concern to Huawei, by steaming this mega high definition video wirelessly. Apparently Huawei fancies becoming as Samsung-like consumer electronics giant and judging by the momentum it has in the smartphone market it seems to have a decent chance of succeeding.

As part of that drive Nikkei reports that Huawei wants to become a top five PC vendor, which is a strange aspiration since that market has been in decline for years and the margins are miniscule. Again its motivation might be provide another market for its 5G modems as well as another front in Huawei’s continued search for western brand recognition.

Huawei has been making smartphone CPUs for a while but seems to fancy a move up to PC ones too. These would presumably be ARM-based and intended for Chromebook-style laptops rather than gaming PCs. Huawei started making PCs back in 2017 and apparently already has a 4% market share in China.

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