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Huawei is aiming to launch the world’s first 5G 8K television by the end of this year, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

Huawei 5G logo 1 May 2019The TVs will reportedly be fitted with a 5G module to download data rich content such as virtual reality (VR) or 360 degree videos without the need of optical fibre of set-top boxes. The set could also act as a router hub for all other electronic devices in a home.

In addition to 5G base stations, Huawei has unveiled a 5G foldable smartphone and several home-use 5G routers, set to be launched later this year.

This move marks Huawei’s first foray into the manufacture of TVs, as it develops an ‘ecosystem’ of consumer electronic goods in a bid to take on Samsung and Apple. The Chinese company overtook Apple in smartphone shipments during the first quarter 2019 to take second place behind Samsung.

Although Huawei has not been active in the manufacture of TVs so far, its chip division Hisilicon Technologies is the world's second-largest provider of TV chipsets after Taiwan’s MediaTek. It supplies Chinese set manufacturers including Hisense, Skyworth and Changhong, as well as Sharp.

Leading TV manufacturers are planning the launch of 8K products by 2020, with Samsung, LG, Sharp, TCL and Hisense all demonstrating 8K TVs at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. All are hoping to capitalise on the commitment by Japan’s NHK to broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in ultra high definition.

In 2018, Huawei’s consumer electronics unit became the company’s largest revenue contributor for the first time, as telecommunications network infrastructure arm came under mounting scrutiny from the US and its allies over potential cyber espionage concerns. Huawei denies such allegations.