Qualcomm touts 5G in 2019, launches new processor for flagship smartphones

Kelley Robertson
December 6, 2018

BT's mobile network arm EE will launch what is expected to be the first 5G smartphone on United Kingdom networks early next year, signing a deal with Chinese smartphone minnow OnePlus for its upcoming 5G phone.

And yes, many of these feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform and its 5G modem.

There are two variants of the Snapdragon 855 processor: One with 5G support, and one without. Of course the idea that Samsung can't even get its social media team to use Galaxy phones instead of iPhones is just amusing and not really malicious in any way.

Speaking on the first day of the company's three-day Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said 5G would bring in a "new era of wireless communications" and be one of the "most significant transitions we'll have" in technology in the coming years. While the physical device was missing in action at the summit, Samsung did show off a prototype device with quite the notch. Which device, exactly, wasn't specified, but nearly every finger is pointing towards Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 smartphone.

In conjunction with Inseego and Qualcomm, Verizon also has a 5G hotspot launching in 2019.

T-Mobile is also developing its 5G network with an estimated roll-out of 2020.

A worker climbs on a cellular communication tower on March 6, 2014 in Oakland, California. This is the second device which will be available through the AT&T portfolio, having announced a 5G Mobile Hotspot, in partnership with Netgear back in October. But a new revelation on Tuesday morning is much more disconcerting, we're afraid. 5G will, indeed, be the killer feature for smartphones of 2019, and it'll be a big differentiator. The list, which was spotted by AppleInsider, revealed that Google, Sony, HTC, Motorola, OnePlus, Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi, ZTE, Asus, Fujitsu and Sharp are also developing 5G-ready devices. The potential limitation of 5G could be a reason why it's unlikely we'll see 5G-capable iPhones next year.

The year 2019 is expected to usher the 5G era of mobile communications. The in-display fingerprint sensor is said to be more secure, accurate, and work through smudges, moisture, and screen protectors, thanks to its use of ultrasonic waves rather than light.

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