Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Qualcomm Readies for 5G Device Launches in 2019, Signing 19 Handset Makers

Qualcomm Readies for 5G Device Launches in 2019, Signing 19 Handset Makers

The modem family has also been selected by a number of global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for standard-compliant 5G NR mobile device product launches starting in 2019.

Qualcomm announced partnerships with the likes of ASUS, Nokia, HTC, LG, Netcomm, Netgear, OPPO, Samsung, Xiaomi, ZTE, and others on the hardware side.

The list of select global mobile operators that will conducing live and OTA mobile 5G NR trials 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, Verizon and Vodafone Group. The world's three biggest smartphone manufacturers Apple, Samsung, or Huawei are missing on this list. These three vendors account for nearly 50 percent of total smartphone shipments and more than 80 percent of premium smartphones in the market.

It is very likely that HMD Global may launch the first 5G enabled handsets in 2019 and all the fans would be impressed with the browsing and download speeds it would offer. Now that Qualcomm has released press releases for the carriers and smartphone manufacturers that will be supporting and releasing 5G smartphones featuring Snapdragon X50 modem, it seems that the company is well on track of fulfilling the promise of making 5G phones available in 2019. If you read Trusted Reviews, you may be aware I penned an op-ed not long ago stating why I was convinced the Galaxy S10 or Note 10 would be the first commercial 5G phone launched.

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"2018 will be a big year for Qualcomm Technologies and the mobile industry overall as we work to execute on the agreed upon 5G NR specification", said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated.

Qualcomm has revealed a list of OEMs that will be among the first to deploy its 5G-capable Snapdragon X50 modem - as well as details of the United Kingdom networks signed up to participate in the first live, over-the-air 5G spectrum trials.

The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem has been reported to produce download speeds in excess of 1Gbps at a test conducted at Nokia's 5G center of Excellence at Qulu, Finland. The new technology will be highly critical for not only mobile broadband but also other categories such as virtual reality and augmented reality that require higher data transmission capacities for smoother experience.

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