Chinese technology giant Huawei plans to debut what is being described as the world’s first 5G TV, possibly this year, according to a report by Nikkei Asian Review.
According to the report, citing unnamed sources, the TVs will be equipped with a 5G module that will enable them to download data-heavy content including 360° video and will come with an 8K-capable screen.
5G has been touted as an alternative technology for fixed broadband access and a 5G TV could avoid the need to connect homes to fibfe or other fixed networks. The TV could also act as a hub for smart home applications.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Huawei wants to make a splash in the TV display market to complete its ecosystem of consumer devices from smartphones to wearables.
Huawei already provides chipsets for TVs through its Hisilicon Technologies subsidiary.
The Chinese technology outfit has also set a goal of becoming one of the top five PC manufacturers globally by 2021, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.