A customized cover with an eSIM allows the Huawei P50 Pro to connect to 5G

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Huawei has been shut off from suppliers of 5G technology due to international politics, forcing the company to release its flagships as 4G-only smartphones. A solution has been discovered: a case with a built-in 5G modem can be used to give phones next-generation connectivity. The case, of course, is not made by Huawei; it is built by Soyealink.

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Only the Huawei P50 Pro is currently supported. However, if this solution proves to be successful enough, Huawei is likely to develop cases for other Huawei phones. The case will be available for CNY 800 ($120/€115/$9,200) soon.

What is the mechanism behind this? The enclosure includes an eSIM for use with the 5G modem (sub-6GHz, NSA+SA) and a basic dual-core 1.35GHz CPU for processing. Everything, including the eSIM configuration, is managed through the phone. The status bar even has a signal strength indicator, giving the impression that the phone is seamlessly linked to 5G.

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The case is approximately 3.2mm thick and weighs 52 grammes. The outside is comprised of a leather-like polyurethane material. There is currently only one colour, a light grey.

The cover uses USB to interact with (and power) the phone. The case’s USB-C connector can be used for charging and data transfer, including SuperCharge capability (USB 2.0 speeds).

On the official Soyealink website, you can have a closer look at the 5G casing. Even if the Huawei P50 Pro is available in Europe, it’s unclear if this will be available elsewhere.

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