What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about 5G? Most likely you think about the faster download speeds that have peaked thus far at over 2Gbps (according to AT&T). With these data speeds, users will be able to download an HD movie in seconds instead of minutes. New businesses and industries will spring up to take advantage of the speed of the new networks similar to how 4G LTE connectivity enabled the creation of the ride-sharing industry; the latter now has two billion-dollar companies in Uber and Lyft.
Another advantage of 5G, one that you don’t hear about often, is low latency. Latency measures the time it takes you to get a response to information that you send. For example, if you’re playing a game and shoot the opponent, latency measures the lag between the time you fire the blast and the time you know whether you’ve succeeded in hitting your target. So 5G is obviously positive for those playing mobile games in the cloud.
Today, Huawei released a promo video for its Mate 20 X 5G that not only shows the huge difference in speed between 4G LTE and 5G, it also mentions the reduction in latency. In fact, the clip claims that game players won’t experience any lag at all when this phone runs on a 5G network.
The Mate 20 X 5G features a 7.2-inch AMOLED display sporting a 1080 x 2244 resolution. Huawei’s Kirin 980 SoC is under the hood and the device employs Huawei’s own Baloong 5000 5G modem chip. A triple camera setup is in the back (40MP primary + 8MP telephoto with a 3x optical zoom + 20MP Ultra-wide) and a 24MP selfie snapper is in the front. A 4200mAh battery keeps the lights on, and the handset supports the Huawei M-Pen.
No, you’re not going to see this phone sold in the U.S., but the video does point out a reason why mobile game players in the states should be looking forward to getting 5G up and running in their city.