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Huawei's AX3 is the world's first "Wi-Fi 6+" and Harmony OS router

Huawei's CEO Richard Yu unveils the OEM's new ecosystem branding. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei's CEO Richard Yu unveils the OEM's new ecosystem branding. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei unveiled its vision for a complete, connected ecosystem of devices at its latest product launch. This involves the new AX3 series of routers, which is powered by this OEM's Gigahome SoCs for Wi-Fi 6 support (and more besides). The company also unveiled second-gen "Pro" 5G consumer premises equipment (CPE).

Huawei premiered what it calls its "1+8+N All-scenario Seamless AI Life Strategy" at its recent MWC 2020-replacement virtual press conference. This is a new ecosystem concept into which all the new devices unveiled on this online stage fit. These include the foldable Mate Xs, as well as conventional phones such as the Honor View 30 Pro

However, these products may still need devices that connect them without mobile data occasionally. Huawei has this contingency covered too within its "Life Strategy" through another product, the WiFi AX3. This is a new series of routers with an "exclusive" processor and Wi-Fi 6 chipset under the Gigahome brand.

Huawei asserts that this combination delivers "Wi-Fi 6+" through "dynamic narrow-band technology" and by tweaking frequency bandwidths so that they can reach 160 megahertz (MHz). This may result in more robust wireless connections through walls.

The AX3 routers will come in up to quad-core chipset SKUs that can add Android phones to their device lists via NFC pairing alone. In accordance with Huawei's new philosophy, they also run the OEM's in-house Harmony OS.

Despite the American government's apparent position on anyone using this OEM's telecomms and mobile-data hardware, Huawei also went ahead and launched the 5G CPE Pro 2 at its Barcelona showcase. This new device improves on its previous generation by having a smaller footprint, quieter fans and also by adding support for FDD bands rather than just TDD.

Huawei asserts that this CPE uses freshly-developed "5G Super Uplink" technology, which ensures that these bands work in harmony for the best possible mobile-broadband signal. The Pro 2 also features the 7 nanometer (nm) Balong 5000 modem, MU-MIMO and 128-device support.

Its maker is directing it at applications in the healthcare, broadcasting and virtual-conferencing industries as well as consumer-grade connectivity. These new wireless devices are live on Huawei's commercial website from now.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-25 (Update: 2020-03- 1)