5G is going to be one of the biggest step in mobile networks. As the days are passing we are getting closer to see it in action. Qualcomm and Intel are already conducting the trials to bring the 5G network in India.
5G capable phones will be in reality, by 2019
It is expected that first 5G-capable phones would launch by the end of 2018 or in the beginning of 2019. This week, Qualcomm has proven this 5G is going to be true very soon. The company announced that it will provide its Snapdragon X50 5G modems to a number of partner OEMs. This modem will support the new standard to 18 OEMs, the list of companies include Nokia/HMD, Sony, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, HTC, LG, Asus, among others.
Qualcomm also confirmed that its Snapdragon X50 modems will be used for live, over-the-air 5G NR trials with leading telecom operators that include AT&T, British Telecom, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, KT Corporation, LG Uplus, NTT Docomo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, TIM, Vodafone Group and Verizon.
Reportedly, the list of OEMs does not include the names like Apple, Samsung, and Huawei. Apple being excluded is understandable as the company has been engaged in legal battle with Qualcomm over the past year. While on the other hand, Samsung will be going to use its own Exynos chipset for 5G.
Qualcomm will demonstrate 5G modem at MWC
Qualcomm plans to demonstrate its Snapdragon X50 5G modem at MWC 2018 later this month. The 5G modem will allow for multi-gigabit per second data rates at significantly lower latency than the present, amongst other capabilities.
Live trials of 5G NR will start by the end of this year, by the leading operators. So, we will get to see announcements of the ultra-fast smartphones and headsets in 2019, by their respective manufacturers. Qualcomm, 5G could bring an enhanced version of mobile broadband to always connected PCs, VR and AR headsets also.
Qualcomm Technologies continues to be a mobile industry leader with its 5G mobile chipset products and 5G ecosystem collaborations in support of aiming to deliver commercial 5G NR mobile devices in 2019, the company said in a press release.