The world’s first 5G smartphones will be rolling out in 2019 – and your next phone will be a lot faster for it.
Latest phones will be equipped with broadband-equivalent 5G download speeds from 19 different companies – including LG, Sony, ZTE, Nokia and HTC.
These devices will support super speedy 5G internet – succeeding the 4G internet we have today.
5G promises to be the “largest step forward for mobile technology yet”, and will be offering a lot more than fast speeds.
All of the phone makers in question have signed up to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem – which is paving way for 5G.
The modem is ready for 5G – but it is not currently available on any smartphones.
Qualcomm wants to not only offer fast speeds – but easy connectivity – meaning you won’t have to worry about connecting to Wi-Fi.
It goes without saying, but when 5G finally arrives you will need a 5G phone to make the most of it.
5G – or 5th generation mobile networks – is the next-generation mobile network, following on from 4G.
The wireless connectivity is expected to handle more data, connect more devices and be more reliable.
The type network your phone has connected to – 3G or 4G – will decide how fast your internet speed will be.
The fifth generation of mobile network will offer much greater data speeds and much lower latency.
Latency means the delay between a request for content or an action, and that action actually happening.
For example, the time it takes to load a webpage after you've clicked it on your phone.