Samsung is launching its first 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019, together with Verizon. The companies will showcase a prototype of the smartphone this week at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui.
5G networks is an upgrade of 4G networks, offering higher mobile internet speeds and more bandwidth.
According to Verizon, the devices will operate on a “Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver RF front-end and antenna elements.”
“5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other people in ways never thought possible,” said Brian Higgins, vice president, wireless device and product marketing at Verizon.
“Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities. Now, we’re partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand.”
Verizon already has a working 5G commercial service, “5G home”, launched in October in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, with a ‘rapid expansion’ on the cards.
Justin Denison, senior vice president, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America added that “Samsung offers end-to-end solutions that are accelerating the wide scale adoption of 5G and will help us realize our vision of truly connected living… We’re proud to work alongside innovative partners like Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver a smartphone that will fundamentally transform how people work and play.”
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