Huawei Technologies may be launching the world’s first 8K 5G TV with 5G module this year based on a report by Nikkei Asian Review. It will be the company’s first television and the world’s first 8K 5G TV. Data-heavy content like 360-degree videos and more can be downloaded with 5G-support. The TV does not require conventional cable of satellite broadcast services and could “act as a router hub for all other electronic devices in a home.”
Huawei is aiming to saturate its product offerings and complete its consumer electronics portfolio, in order to compete with technology giants like Samsung and Apple. The company previously announced one of the first 5G smartphones to hit the market, as well as a handful of 5G routers for the home. So far, Samsung, too, has announced a 5G handset, but their 8K TV does not support 5G. Other leading television manufacturers like LG Electronics and Sharp displayed their own 8K TVs at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
While the launch of a 8K 5G TV demonstrated that Huawei is leading the competition, it may be ahead of its time, given that in order to benefit from this technology, “there needs to be an ecosystem for 8K, including cameras, and 8K TV processors, encoders and decoders to broadcast 8K content, which are not yet mature,” as tech analyst C.Y. Yao was quoted as saying.
Samsung 8K televisions are priced from $5,000 (RM20,711) to $70,000 (RM290,000) depending on size.