Samsung’s 5G smartphone users will benefit from Verizon’s speed and capacity of 5G Ultra-Wideband network and enjoy about 50 to 100 times faster internet
South Korea-based smartphone maker Samsung has partnered with Verizon, a US telecom carrier, to launch 5G smartphones in 2019. The company is set to reveal a proof of concept 5G smartphone at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui.
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform with Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules integrated with RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.
Justin Denison, Senior Vice President, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing, Samsung Electronics America, said that Samsung’s partnership with innovative companies such as Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies would help in delivering a 5G smartphone that would transform the current ways of working.
Brian Higgins, Vice President, Wireless Device and Product Marketing, Verizon is also positive about 5G smartphones. He said that it would kickstart a new era of mobile connectivity. He added that both the entities have made huge gains in rolling out 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities.
Verizon launched the world’s first commercial 5G service in October when 5G Home went live in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. The US-based carrier is set to launch 5G mobility service in early 2019 and expand rapidly.
Its 5G firsts include 5G Labs in New York, Cambridge, MA and Washington, DC, the first 5G NR call on a commercial network, the first over-the-air data transmission on a commercial 5G NR network, and the world’s first 5G home broadband internet service. Samsung 5G smartphone users will enjoy the speed and capacity of Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband network.
Other players in the 5G race
Telecom operator Sprint has partnered with LG to launch 5G smartphones. Lenovo is also moving along with other electronic majors on manufacturing 5G phones. Apple, however, is reportedly scheduling its 5G phones to 2020. According to reports, the reason behind the premium brand’s delay is due to a legal battle with chipmaker Qualcomm. Apple will be using Intel’s chips to launch 5G phones in 2020.
The delay, however, could make it easier for Samsung and Verizon to win customers who are eager to connect to 5G mobile networks. It is believed that 5G mobile networks will provide a leap forward in mobile data speeds, up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks.
Meanwhile, research firm Strategy Analytics said that the top three smartphone makers – Samsung, Huawei and Apple – will see a reduction in their market shares in the 5G era. Another report projected that 5G smartphones will be too costly for consumers.