Increasing security concerns about Huawei Technologies could enable Samsung Electronics to challenge the massive Chinese in the fifth generation wireless communications market, an executive with the South Korean company said.
Although Samsung is the largest maker in smartphone and semiconductor in the world, Huawei dominates networks by a wide edge. However, its market situation is under threat, as one country after the other blocks the use of 5G products in a climate of anxiety that could be used to stimulate the Chinese government. Huawei denies any involvement in spyware activities.
"Strategically, these concerns allow us to get more market share," said S. Abraham Kim, vice president of Samsung's mobile division, at a Seoul conference on Wednesday. "Huawei has continued to be a leading market in the network market since 4G LTE, but we are at the forefront of 5G technology used in smartphones," he said.
Samsung is planning to launch a 5G-enabled phone along with a flexible screen phone next year. The company believes that these devices are the best option to regenerate sales that have been reduced, as consumers expect more time to update their smartphones.
However, the technical challenges are ongoing, Kim said. The 5G signals can be blocked depending on the way the phone is held, which suggests that additional antenna modules need to be installed in the limited property of the phone, along with a large battery. Samsung is now studying how to divide the internal parts of a two-layer device while reducing the general thickness, says Kim.
The heat is another challenge, as 5G technology transfers much more data and uses more energy, which could cause the phone to become too hot to run. Samsung works to limit the temperature to just over 40 degrees Celsius, the executive said.
Recently, Huawei replaces Apple as the second largest smartphone maker in the world and reduces the gap with Samsung. However, concerns over the Chinese business of a Chinese company have increased since Huawei's financial subsidiary, Meng Wanzhou, arrested his alleged conspiracy to bank deficit and offend the sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran. Meng was released on Tuesday, but he is facing extradition to the US.