Meizu is due to launch its first 5G device in the second quarter of 2020. The Chinese manufacturer needed to make some corrections in its route with the fifth generation of mobile internet.
Plans to work with the 5G began in the first quarter of last year but, at that time, the SA standard was technically unavailable, so the company decided as the original 5G mobile plan to use the NSA network.
In June, however, 3GPP froze the SS5G SA standard and Meizu abandoned the NSA project and returned to SA. So the company expects to start 5G signal testing in the third quarter of 2020 and experimental 5G terminal production is expected to be ready in the last three months of next year.
The 5G communication bandwidth is a prerequisite to providing 5G resources to the ultimate audience. There are currently four 5G chips on the market: the Qualcomm X50, the Kirin Balong 5000, the Samsung Exynos 5100 and the MediaTek Helio M70.
Each of these chips is in a different situation: the Balong 5000 is not yet on sale, while Exynos is not yet available to operators. The Helio M70 has not yet been officially shipped, although it is available to a number of manufacturers, such as Meizu itself, and the Qualcomm X50 only supports NSA technology.
The way in which 5G is expanding in the Chinese market shows that the window period of the NSA is only in the last months of the second half of this year, so even if Meizu launches its 5G device in 2019, its use would be very limited. In May, the manufacturer confirmed the Meizu 17 as the first model with 5G support, but no date.