Mobile World Congress this year’s biggest show when it comes to mobile products, Huawei will be unveiling the first 5G foldable device at this show. This Chinese company will be releasing this device before Samsung’s 5G phone will be released for consumers. This will be scheduled to be seen at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, February 24th, at 2 PM Barcelona time 8 AM ET.
LG’s yet-to-be-named first 5G smartphone will be unveiled on February 24th at Mobile World Congress, sporting a Snapdragon 855 processor, a vapor chamber, and a 4,000 mAh battery.
LG Electronics will unveil its first 5G smartphone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company has announced.
It will be announced on the 24th of February at Center de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) — at the same date and location LG will be unveiling its G8 smartphone — and showcased to visitors until the tradeshow ends on the 28th.
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5G is a hot topic already in 2019, but surprisingly Samsung was the only manufacturer to debut a 5G-capable smartphone at CES in Las Vegas last week. Samsung showed off their 5G-capable prototype from within a locked glass case, and president and CEO Kim Hyun-suk said it would be available in 2019. No other details were given about the phone, but it looks similar to their Galaxy S10 and will likely share many of the features of other Galaxy models.
In an interview with Yahoo at CES last week, Sprint president of Business Jan Geldmacher expressed his irritation at AT&T’s decision to market their upgraded LTE network as “5G E”. “They call it 5G, but we believe it’s not 5G. We roll out the real 5G. It’s based on our 2.5 gigahertz spectrum. It’s based on our massive mine of technology, and it’s compliant with the 5G [rules], which we have agreed to.”
Geldmacher is correct that customers seeing the new “5G E” indicator on their AT&T phone are not actually connecting to a true 5G network. There are currently no 5G phones available, and Sprint also announced at CES that they plan to launch the first real 5G-enabled smartphone, a device from LG, in 2019.
With 5G set to take off in 2019 with continued rollouts from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, everyone is wondering when they will be able to buy a phone that will be able to take advantage of the new networks. Samsung has been rumored to be readying a 5G-capable Galaxy S10+, possibly with a model name SM-G977. New rumors indicate that in addition to 5G-support, the high-end model will feature a larger screen and an extra camera on the back, which is expected to feature a triple-lens rear shooter.
Verizon continued their streak of being at the forefront of 5G news in the US by announcing that they have successfully tested 5G on a smartphone, the Moto Z3. Verizon tested browsing the internet and placing a video call on their 28 GHz spectrum band, and unlike their recently-launched Home 5G network, which is not standards-based, these tests were done on a commercial 3GPP 5G NR (New Radio) network.
An Apple insider is reporting that Apple plans to release a 5G-capable iPhone in 2020, using Intel’s 8161 5G modem chip. Apple has had some concerns about the heat dissipation qualities of Intel’s chips, which is important for 5G modem chips due to the burden millimeter-wave signal puts on the modem (both AT&T and Verizon are using millimeter-wave for 5G), but it appears that the issues have been resolved and Apple is moving forward with Intel for their iPhone plans.
US carriers including Verizon and AT&T have been heavily promoting their nascent 5G networks, but even if 5G does get lit up in your area, you will only be able to take advantage of it if you have a compatible device. Home routers, tablets, laptops, and mobile hotspots with 5G chips have all been discussed, but most consumers are curious about when they will be able to get their hands on a 5G smartphone.
CNet has compiled a list of what is known (or speculated) about upcoming 5G phones. Apple is unlikely to have a 5G phone before 2020, while Samsung and others are eager to get 5G gear to market.
Qualcomm issued a press release this week in which they announced that they have successfully completed a 5G network phone call. This is good news for the development of 5G networks, but one detail has some people concerned. The test phone shown in the press release is very large, leading some to wonder whether mobile 5G is really feasible if the devices are going to have to be so large to accommodate the necessary 5G antennas.