ByLinky Johnson 2019-04-19 710
Earlier this month, the chip maker Qualcomm introduced its latest Snapdragon 855 processor, which would allow future smartphones to connect to the latest generation of cellular technology, known as 5G. The largest initial wave of 5G implementation will likely occur at 2019 and 2020, and carriers around the world are laying the groundwork for deploying a faster, more expansive wireless network.
To be true that many industries will benefit from faster connectivity-autonomous cars, drones, virtual reality and the Internet of things, to name a few-most people will likely experience the benefits of a robust 5G network only Through a 5G enabled smartphone. After all, the big promises that Qualcomm and the carriers are doing with 5G coverage don't mean much if you can't access the network with your own device.
Some companies, such as Lenovo, have already released a 5G-compatible device. The American operator AT & T is selling a 5G hotspot router and Verizon has launched its 5G broadband in selected areas. Meanwhile, other companies have announced specific targets for 5G.
To help you know when 5G smartphones will be available, here's what major manufacturers have announced (or not, there are also rumors) about their 5G telephony plans so far.
iPhone is not in a hurry to launch an iPhone 5G-do not expect one at 2019 or maybe even 2020. Save to abandon the headset (the iPhone 7 was one of the first iPhones not to have one). iPhone is generally not the first in mobile trends, preferring to refine an emerging technology before committing to it. Remember that at the launch of the 4G, the manufacturer took a bit compared to other companies in the sector.
In August, LG confirmed that its first 5G smartphone in the United States will debut in Sprint "in the first half of 2019 ", just as Sprint will launch its 5G network. (FYI, it is expected that Sprint will join T-Mobile very soon – a move that operator speed analyst Ookla said that "could result in an unmatched network in the face of 5G ").
John Tudhope, Sprint's product portfolio director, said the handset will be a premium smartphone. More recently, Sprint Business's VP of 5G Development, Mishka Dehghan, said the smartphone will look distinctive and that "You'll know it's a 5G device."
In August, Lenovo unveiled the Motorola Moto Z3, a phone that has support for 5G. It only connects to 5G with a modular Moto Mod accessory, which is connected to the back of the smartphone using the traditional magnetic pins of the Moto Z family. With the Mod, Motorola says the smartphone will deliver data 10 times faster than other 4G LTE devices . Unfortunately, the Mod must leave at the beginning of next year and we don't know how much it will cost.
As for a Motorola smartphone that would not need an accessory to connect to 5G, the company is working to manufacture this device, but one must wait. Doug Michau, director of technical sales and operations at Motorola Mobility, said the smartphone will come long after the start of 2019. More specifically, Michau said it will be released "In less than three years, but still no deadline ".
During the Mobile World Congress Shanghai in June, Huawei promised that its first 5G smartphone will be on sale "Before the end of June 2019 ", after launching its first modem and 5G Kirin processor in March 2019. As if this were not new enough, the company confirmed that the 5G smartphone will also have a foldable screen
In October, OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau, said his first 5G smartphone will likely be available to European carriers at a first moment.
A month later, Qualcomm confirmed that OnePlus will actually sell a 5G smartphone on the 5G network in Europe. The network will cover 16 UK cities in 2019, starting with London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.
The 5G smartphone will launch at 2019 and run the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. The smartphone would also not be part of OnePlus's flagship product line. Instead, it would be a separate device, built specifically to take advantage of the high-speed network.
Although Nokia is no longer the giant cell phone that was 15 years ago, it is still taking action for a future of 5G. In July, announced a partnership of US $3.5 billion with T-Mobile, which includes the use of the 600 MHz spectrum of the German company to support its 5G network. 5G Smartphones of this partnership are expected to 2019.
Nokia will also benefit from 5G in other ways. In addition to Qualcomm and Ericsson, the company owns the patent rights of 5G technology and can bill up to US $3.50 per 5G smartphone sold.
The Chinese telephone company has been working on 5G smartphones. In February 2017, the company demonstrated its Gigabit smartphone, which was able to obtain a wireless connection of 1 gigabit per second (about 50 times faster than the average cellular speed in the USA).
But the smartphone was brought to the MWC fair that year as a way to promote ZTE's 5G readiness – it was not a real smartphone, but rather a proof of concept.
In this year's MWC, the company said it intends to present 5G smartphones at the end of 2018 or at the beginning of 2019, but followed with a forecast for the end of 2019.
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