Though it’s odd that Huawei is focusing on the tech this far in advance, nine years is hardly an impossible timeline to get 6G up and running. The first 4G LTE smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy Indulge, released on February 10, 2011, and the first 5G smartphone, the Galaxy S20, released 9 years later on March 6, 2020.
While the past is not always a perfect tool to predict the future, it’s at least not unreasonable for major generational leaps to happen in under a decade. Of course, 6G will never take off if nobody even knows what it is — and that’s the situation we’re in right now. Most of us are still struggling to wrap our heads around 5G (and its variants), so anything more powerful than that isn’t even on the radar.