Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer ZTE started selling 5G smartphones on Aug. 5. Thus, ZTE is now the first company to have made its 5G handset available in the Chinese market, according to its official WeChat account.
The 5G enabled smartphones are sold at 4,999 yuan ($720) on JD.com, Tmall, Suning and other platforms. Highlights of the device include fast downloading speed and 5G+4G dual SIM standby. It also supports 5G frequencies from the three major carriers in China, China Unicom, China Telecom and China Mobile.
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Other features include a 6.47-inch AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 855 processor, a triple rear camera set and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Online platform JD.com and offline retailer Suning are competing against each other to see who sells the first 5G smartphone in China. JD.com’s first customer is a young woman who loves smartphones and other digital products. She received the item 10 minutes after it left the warehouse, according to 36Kr. Suning’s first buyer is a 78-year-old video lover who uses her phone to make and publish short videos.
During the third quarter of 2019 more 5G smartphones will join the market. As of now, seven 5G smartphones have obtained the China Compulsory Certificate. Apart from ZTE, four 5G devices will hit the market, including Huawei’s first 5G model, the Mate 20 X 5G, which will go on sale starting Aug. 16 at 6,199 yuan ($893), according to 36Kr.