Huawei's 5G modem, the Balong 5000, is far from a design and optimization model in one report. It would be unnecessarily imposing and energy-hungry compared to the Qualcomm X50 and the Samsung Exynos 5100. The situation should however improve in the coming months with the arrival of 5G modems directly integrated in the SoC.
If Huawei is the undisputed champion of 5G in terms of network infrastructure, it seems that it is less efficient than its competitors in terms of the modems of smartphones. According to a report by IHS Markit quoted by VentureBeat, its competitors Qualcomm (Snapdragon) and Samsung (Exynos) do better than the Huawei Balong 5000 at the beginning of 2019.
5G: Huawei's Balong 5000 Modems Suffering from Questionable Design Choices
After disassembling six smartphones 5G compliant, IHS Markit's record is clear: based on chip size, system design and memory, Huawei has launched an inefficient solution on the market. Consequence: we end up with a larger component, more expensive and more energy-intensive than it could have been. The main criticism of the Chinese group is that the Balong 5000 5G modem is compatible with 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G, which makes it an unnecessarily complete product since it is associated with a SoC Kirin which already integrates its own 4G / 3G / 2G modem. . This redundancy causes an unnecessary increase in costs, battery consumption and space requirements.
Design choices "far from ideal" according to IHS Market experts. The Qualcomm X50 modem, the reference, is half the size of the Balong 5000. The Samsung Exynos 5100 offers dimensions very close to those of the X50. The firm estimates that the situation should improve in 2020 with the integration of 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G modems directly in SoCs. This will reduce costs and improve energy efficiency and optimization. A leak also evokes the possibility of launching a SoC Kirin 5G by Huawei in addition to the Kirin 985 by the end of 2019.