According to researchers at IHS Markit, Huawei 5G chips are more expensive, less energy-efficient, than that of Qualcomm. Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset has a 4G/3G/2G modem, on top of that you have a Balong 5000 5G/4G/3G/2G chip, and that as per IHS, is a wastage of space, as a result of which smartphones becomes larger.

Comparing Balong 5000 with Huawei’s X50, the former is 50 percent larger than the latter. Worse, the former requires a fairly large supporting memory. Terming Huawei’s design principle “far from ideal,” IHS principal analyst pointed out, “Samsung’s Exynos 5100 modem die size is “almost exactly the same as the X50( via Venturebeat).”

However, IHS expects that 2020 will the be year when Huawei will integrate the5G/4G/3G/2G  modems directly inside smartphone SoCs, which will, in turn, cut the production cost.

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