Global phone manufacturer, Samsung, has announced its intention to become one of the first companies to release a 5G enabled phone next year. Set to launch sometime in the first half of 2019, the launch is a key part of the company’s 2019 roadmap and would be executed together with mobile partner, Verizon.
Verizon and Samsung will release a 5G phone early next year https://t.co/hGblDE8FWz
— Engadget (@engadget) December 3, 2018
The phone would also be released in conjuction with hardware partners, Qualcomm. The 5G phones would come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 chip which is capable of downloading at a speed of 4.51 gigabits per second (gbps). This announcement would see Samsung partake in the initial wave ofthat will likely take place in 2019 and 2020.
While it’s true that many sectors would benefit from the faster connectivity 5G has to offer, most people will likely experience the benefits of a 5G network only through a 5G-enabled phone, not exactly through 5G networks. This leaves everyone anticipating the 5G phones.
— Sammy Fans (@thesammyfans) December 3, 2018
So as Samsung plans to launch its first 5G enabled phone in 2019, here are other smartphone manufacturers who are also in the quest.
The Chinese OEM will be one the first companies to launch a 5G enabled phone next year. This was made known by its co-founder, Carl Pei, sometime in August. Expected to be the OnePlus 7, the phone would likely be running on the Snapdragon platform and it will most likely make use of the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and the QTM052 mmWave antenna module.
LG confirmed that its first 5G phone will debut “in the first half of 2019.” The smartphone would be built in partnership with Sprint, an American network provider.
Huawei is also another manufacturer to have confirmed that its first 5G phone will go on sale “before the end of June 2019,” after it releases its first 5G Kirin modem and processor in the first quarter of 2019. In addition to being 5G enabled, the phone will have a foldable screen too.
Rejuvenated smartphone maker, Nokia, in partnership with T-Mobile, is expected to release 5G phones in 2019. The manufacturer which has patent rights to 5G technology, would be taking advantage of T-Mobile’s 600MHz spectrum to back its 5G network.
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