mi mix 3In Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and England, a quality 5G phone is for sale this week at about US$400 less than the others. The Xiaomi Mix 3 5G uses the same Qualcomm 855 and modem as most others do except Huawei. It features a 6.39 inch full screen with a camera that slides out. The screen is an OLED with 2340x1080 pixels. It benchmarks well against other top of the line phones. The main difference in the much more expensive phones is better cameras.

Huawei's Mate 20 5G should have a similar price when it goes on sale after the U.S. delay.

In the U.S., the 5G choices are an expensive Samsung Galaxy and LG V50, probably less expensive. The LG list for over US$1,000 but is selling for much less. The Koreans carriers are apparently offering a 40%-50% subsidy, some of which may be a disguised price cut.

The difference in parts cost (BOM) between 4G & 5G should be US$40-60. There's no reason an excellent phone like this should cost any more.

Huawei is planning a US$300 phone in 2020. Huaweireport.com.


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Rethinking Jan 27: Coronavirus could invalidate all projections. I reported on AIDS for 2 years. This could be worse because it spreads in air. Let us hope and pray.

Details on all 5G phones, as prices drop to $285 ** All actual 5G networks worldwide ** Facebook ordered to repost Italian fascist page. ** Apple China sales down 35%** Qorvo sees 300M 5G 2020 & 750M 2023 mmWave <10%

** Bharti demands India Gov more than double prices and enforce cartel. Sunil Mittal "Situation is dire. It is a matter of survival for everyone." ** Wi-Fi 6 meets ITU 5G criteria @stephenjcrowley ** Samsung $8B for Chinese memory plants ** Morgan paying billions for Altice fiber

Dec 10 Sprint bringing $300-500 5G phones to US 2020. Nokia, Lenovo, HMD ** H., Apple, and AMD doing 5 nm test runs on TSMC's 5 nm. Early results are 15-30% better than 7 nm ** AT&T low-band 5G built to >65% US. Speeds slower than 4G at launch. ** 

Verizon CEO Ronan Dunne: >1/2 VZ 5G "will approximate to a good 4G service" Midband in "low hundreds" Mbps ** CFO John Stephens says AT&T is going to cut capex soon. ** Huawei in 16 days sold 1,000,000 5G Mate 20s.  


Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

I'm Dave Burstein, Editor. I've been reporting telecom since 1999. I love to hear from readers and say thank you when you find an error. daveb@dslprime.com

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