5G networks will begin going live soon, and some folks are wondering when they’ll be able to buy a 5G smartphone. Today Verizon revealed details on its first 5G smartphone release.
Verizon and Samsung will release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019. There’s not much more info about the device right now, but a proof of concept will be show at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Technology Summit this week. This model will include the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF receiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.
Of course, you’ll need a 5G network to use Verizon and Samsung’s 5G phone. Verizon plans to launch its mobile 5G network in early 2019, and the carrier says that the network will “expand rapidly” from there.
We’ve been hearing a lot about 5G over the past couple of years, so it’s exciting to see that the launch of 5G networks and 5G smartphones are getting close. 5G promises fast speeds and lower latency, and while it’ll largely be for early adopters at first since coverage won’t be everywhere, some carriers are promising speedy rollouts of their 5G networks. It’ll also be interesting to see what the first 5G smartphones look like; recent rumors have said that Samsung is prepping a special edition Galaxy S10 with a huge screen and 5G support.
Are you going to be a 5G early adopter or will you wait a bit to buy your first 5G phone?