China 5G Technology
A journalist uses his mobile phone to take a picture of a 5G logo (Photo: Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach)

The first batch of contenders for China's transition into mobile 5G networks has now entered the stage with the recent certification of eight new 5G smartphone models.

China's top smartphone manufacturers have reportedly received their quality certificates from regulators, which essentially mean that they are now just months away from being released to the public.

Telecommunications equipment giant Huawei Technologies is reportedly at the top of the food chain when it comes to the upcoming 5G smartphone rollout in China.

The company received certification for four new 5G smartphone models, namely for the variations of its Huawei Mate 20X 5G and Mate X 5G handsets.

Other companies that also received certification for one smartphone each include Oppo, ZTE, One Plus, and Vivo. Some other well-known brands such as Xiaomi, Lenovo, and South Korea's Samsung have yet to join the battle in China.

Xiaomi announced on Wednesday that it will be applying one of its new models to the country's conduct quality test next week. This is apparently to ensure that the release of the new smartphone is in line with its product launch schedules.

Only a handful of 5G smartphones are expected to be rolled out in China this year. However, some companies are still trying to offer at least one 5G model before the year ends. Most will likely roll out additional 5G models next year when the infrastructure is much more developed.  

Before the new 5G smartphones are released to the public, they must first obtain two other regulatory licenses. The two licenses that need to be obtained include a China Compulsory Certification and a Radio Type Approval Certification. The first of the two is a license that will allow a specific smartphone model to connect to the country's 5G network.

Oppo announced this week that they have already obtained the three necessary licenses for their upcoming Oppo Reno 5G model. The company plans to make the new smartphone available in China by the third quarter of this year.

The model is currently already being sold in European markets such as Switzerland since May. Oppo boasted that the fact that its product already received its licenses is proof of its quality and performance.

Meanwhile, Huawei is still busy trying to obtain the two other licenses for its new Mate 20X 5G models. The company plans to release the new model in China by the end of the month if it manages to secure the two other licenses. This may be very likely as Huawei's self-developed 5G chip has reportedly already received approval and passed all tests conducted by industry regulators.