Get ready for a lot more 5G next year: the infrastructure will be expanding, new phones and other devices will be appearing... and Xiaomi is promising to launch more than 10 5G-ready phones in 2020.
According to Reuters (opens in new tab), Xiaomi Corp CEO Lei Jun made the announcement at the World Internet Conference event being held in China.
The decision was made after the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro hit the Chinese market – the first of Xiaomi's 5G phones to do so. Lei says demand for the handset has exceeded expectations, and so Xiaomi will be covering all price points with 5G phones next year.
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"People in the industry fear that next year 4G models won't sell, this is a step you have no choice but to take," Lei said. "So we hope that operators can speed up their expansion of 5G base stations."
5G for everyone
Xiaomi was one of the first to bring out a 5G-ready phone, with the very capable (and relatively affordable) Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G. Now it clearly sees 5G as the future.
The number of 5G handsets was always going to go up next year, with or without Xiaomi's help – but the Chinese tech giant apparently wants to be leading the way.
Via Android Central (opens in new tab)