The BOM for 5G is only ~$80 over 4G. Xiaomi's new flagship Mi Mix 4G is €499. 5G is €599 =  much less than others hoped to charge. Oppo/Vivo wanted US$200 more. Xiaomi has now forced the market to something more reasonable. Everyone except Apple has a 5G phone to announce at Barcelona MWC. Likely, no one will show a phone actually working, fearful to be the first exposing how low the real speeds are for now.

Samsung was first to announce a foldable tablet, seven inches for US$2,000. Then Huawei came in at eight inches for US$2,600. Huawei claimed a download speed of 20 gigabytes/minute. I don't believe they were able to demonstrate anything close but I'm in NY, skipping Barcelona. 

Almost all the announcements are very early. Don't expect many shipments until summer. 

dave ask

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Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

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