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5G networks

Chinese smartphone makers spearhead 5G handset rollout

Xiaomi, ZTE join race to launch devices during 2019

Xiaomi's new Mi 9 mobile phone is viewed ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 24, 2019   © Reuters

TOKYO/BARCELONA, Spain -- Xiaomi and ZTE have unveiled plans to roll out smartphones compatible with fifth-generation wireless networks before the end of the year, underscoring the ambitions of Chinese smartphone makers to take an early lead in the next wave of handsets.

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