The first 5G phones will come in 2019, Qualcomm made the announcement at a 5G Day event this week. The company unveiled that it is already working with 18 major device manufacturers to develop devices that use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G NR modems.
Qualcomm has also announced 19 different global mobile operators and 18 well-known device manufacturers will deliver fast broadband-equivalent 5G download speeds. The major companies include Nokia / HMD, Xiaomi, Vivo, LG, Sony, Oppo, HTC, Asus, Sharp, ZTE, Netgear, Telit, WNC, inseego, NetComm, Sierra Wireless, Netgear, and Fujitsu. The list also includes the big names from China, Japan, and Europe. The world’s three biggest smartphone manufacturers Apple, Samsung, or Huawei are missing on this list.
5G will offer improvements over 4G. It will provide roughly 5Gbps download speeds and 1-2 millisecond latency.
The service is expected to be based on unlimited data plans from the start so fans of videos, cars, video games, and working from home will be very happy.
The mobile operators using Qualcomm’s modem for live trials of mobile 5G includes China Telecom, AT&T, China Unicom, KDDI, LG U+, BT Group, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KT, NTT DoCoMo, Singtel, Sprint Corp, Orange, SK Telecom, TIM, Vodafone, Telstra, and Verizon Communications.
The wireless operators using Qualcomm’s modem for field trials of mobile 5G include AT&T, BT Group, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, KT, LG U+, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint Corp, Telstra, TIM, Verizon Communications, and Vodafone. T-Mobile isn’t specifically listed, but its parent company Deutsche Telekom is on the list.
The technology is expected to entirely transform our world and accelerate another tech like self-driving cars and Internet of Things.