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Samsung, Qualcomm 5G phone prototype retains our mobile future

December 5, 2018 Technology 0 Views Qualcomm's prototype design shows how to run a phone in a 5G network. Shara…

Qualcomm’s prototype design shows how to run a phone in a 5G network.


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5G phones and mobile networks are real – Samsung and Qualcomm showed us two prototype designs for future 5G phones.

Qualcomm is hosting its Snapdragon Technology Summit this week in Maui, Hawaii, where the company has gathered partners to talk about plans for 5G in 2019. Among the companies, the mobile chip giant was invited: Samsung, Verizon and AT & T.

Qualcomm’s president Cristiano Amon on Tuesday showed a 5G prototype device that can access the “live” 5G network running at the Grand Wailea Hotel, venue for conference. It is powered by Verizon and AT & T. The 350 participants did not participate in the ability to try the devices, but we were given the chance to see them. “height =” 109 “width =” 194 “/>


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5G “will lay the foundation for smartphones, later cars and almost all electronic devices that will be connected,” said Amon under a keynote. “The first step (smartphones) comes to us in the first half of 2019.”

5G, next generation cellular technology, is expected to significantly increase the speed, coverage and response of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even faster than you can with a physical fiber cable that goes into your house. It will also speed up how fast a device will connect to the network at speeds as fast as a millisecond to start the download or upload.

The total speed gain means that the phones are better equipped to handle complex computer data in a fraction of the time they currently take. This can make advanced photo skills, artificial intelligence and possible reality programs today’s phones would take too long to process these tasks. The 5G technology will also allow drivers without cars and buses to talk to each other and to communicate with smart streets and other vehicles along the way.

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Samsung’s 5G prototype design never left its dock.


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While 5G technology will put more skilled devices in your hands, it also provides an opportunity for manufacturers and carriers to make profits. 5G requires specialized hardware, so it will not only “work” in any city or with your current phone. Service providers with the largest 5G networks, and handset manufacturers with the most functional 5G phones, hope to capture customers as rival carriers and brands are struggling to catch up. 5G service plans and 5G ready phones can also sell for a premium along with “regular” LTE plans and devices.

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Qualcomm’s President Cristiano Amon spoke Tuesday on the possibility of 5G wireless technology.


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On Monday, Samsung and Verizon announced their first 5G “phone”, a proof of conceptual device revealed before the summit. Samsung plans to launch a 5G phone for both Verizon and AT & T Network in early 2019. And earlier this year, Motorola and Verizon hit a 5G-ready module that Click on a $ 400 drive, Moto Z3. Neither will work until Verizon officially lights up its first US 5G network, but when it does, these phones are waiting.

Although the 5G technology will replace today’s 4G LTE network, the transition will be gradual. Carriers will roll out their first 5G network city by city, as well as the existing 4G LTE networks faster. Expect larger cities to get 5G first and rural markets to get the smallest support early.

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The rocky road to 5G in the middle to the end of 2019

The transition to the 5G network comes with its own set of challenges. First, operators must prepare their networks to manage 5G. This fifth generation data pipeline uses a different part of the wireless spectrum than 4G. It is based on high-frequency millwave (mmWave) to deliver very high speeds at short circuit and sub-6 GHz spectrum to deliver data wider and in buildings.

Like at 4G and 3G before, the carrier buys the rights to use spectrum at auctions set by the FCC. This may mean that some operators will have more spectrum than the other and may affect the overall network speed in different parts of the country.

Secondly, manufacturers must ensure that their phones work seamlessly with 5G. Phones must use a specialized modem and dedicated processor chip that supports 5G. Smartphone brands like Samsung, Apple and LG already test each single device on all major operators they sell through. 5G certification is another long and expensive process.

But Amon and wireless partners like Verizon on Tuesday said they were safe to start phones in early 2019.

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“We are full of 5G mobile services,” said Nicki Palmer, Head of Network Engineer and Head of Wireless Network at Verizon, said on Tuesday at the Qualcomm Event. Verizon plans to set up 5G incubators in Los Angeles, Bay Area and Washington, DC, to target specific uses of the fast-paced networks, she said.

And Amon noted that it is not only US airlines or some wireless companies in other countries that will launch 5G next year. Instead, all major markets are striving for the world to introduce 5G as fast as they can.

“5G is so important as the whole industry is moving at the same rate for 2019 launches,” said Amon. “The fact that we have a mature mobile environment [means] … the development system will move faster than ever before. “

This story was originally published December 4th at 12:13 pm and updated at [19659075]

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