The next company seemingly ready to hop aboard the 5G/8K bandwagon is Huawei. The Chinese electronics giant is reportedly working on an 8K TV with a built-in 5G chip according the Nikkei Asian Review. Sources close to the outlet claim that the if the TV comes to fruition, it could potentially be used to download data-heavy content including 360-degree and virtual reality type videos.
An important thing to note here is that Huawei has never made a TV before now. Sure they make chips for other TV brands, but this would be the first model of their very own. The motivating factor behind the decision seems to be a way for Huawei to keep up with the Joneses (that being Samsung and Apple), and offer a wider variety of electronic devices.
While it’s nice to see so many companies ambitious for both 5G and 8K, both are a long ways away from being the standard. As we’ve seen just over the past few months, 5G has taken its first few wobbly steps while 8K content is also moving at somewhat of a snails pace. Nonetheless, Huawei is working tirelessly to make the new technology more widespread. At Mobile World Congress, they announced that the Huawei Mate X foldable 5G phone will be available later this year.
Huawei has yet to release any information about what the pricing would look like for the 5G 8K television but to compare, both Samsung and Sony set the price for their 8K TVs at a whopping $70,000. So really, it's likely that Huawei's version could cost even more than that seeing as the TV would be the first to integrate 5G into an 8K TV.