ZTE gets in on smartphone act at MWC19 with ‘flagship’ 5G device

MWC19 Global telecommunications provider ZTE has announced what is claimed to be the first 5G ‘flagship’ smartphone, dubbed the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G. In cooperation with leading global carriers, such as China Unicom, Elisa and Hutchison Drei Austria, the latest addition to ZTE's premium flagship Axon series is expected to be available in Europe and China in the first half of 2019.

The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G supports sub 6G and gives the consumers an entirely new user experience, extremely fast video and gaming experiences, having been engineered with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform along with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and an AI Performance Engine. It also features elegant design, faster and more concise in-display fingerprint and stunning audio, while its Axon Vision graphics optimisation capabilities offer consumers incredible photos and videos.

ZTE engineers addressed various technical difficulties inherent to 5G innovations according to the press materials, such as the electromagnetic compatibility, antenna design, power consumption and heat dissipation in the development process of the 5G flagship. For example, ZTE used a model corresponding to total power consumption and surface temperature and successfully improved heat dissipation by applying a liquid cooling technology and composite phase-change thermal materials.

The ZTE 5G flagship smartphone delivers substantial gains in both size and thickness, as compared to a 4G smartphone, by adopting a large number of small components under an extremely accurate and integrated "sandwich" layout.

Huawei has also launched its first-ever foldable smartphone, Huawei Mate X, at an event held on sidelines of MWC 2019, on February 24, also reported to be 5G ready. Huawei leaked the name of its foldable phone Mate X. The company posted an image of a billboard on Twitter from a user, with three images of the phone in various stages of the device being unfolded.

The GSMA, the body which organises the MWC series of events, said earlier this month that 5G is on track to account for 15% of global mobile connections by 2025 – with a key element to this the continued launches in 2019 and greater device compatibility. 5G is set to contribute $2.2 trillion to the global economy over the next 15 years.

Picture credit: ZTE

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