When the first 5G smartphone is likely to hit the market? This is the question that might taunt you whenever you hear about the next generation of connectivity with 5G technology.
Here comes an official confirmation from the president of Qualcomm at the 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong where he revealed that a number of 5G OEM partners are already working to ensure the commercial release of next generation of connectivity in the year 2019.
Qualcomm’s 5G OEM Partners
Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 675 chipset at the event with its prime focus being to enable outstanding gaming experiences, advanced AI capabilities and “cutting-edge” camera performance.
Qualcomm has announced a number of breakthroughs it had achieved on the next-generation 5G technology. Cristiano Amon, the president at Qualcomm said that they are expecting “at least two waves of major flagships with 5G connectivity next year”, with the first lot arriving in the first half of the year while the rest in the holiday season.
Qualcomm has shared a list of 19 5G OEM partners working with them to make the 5G emergence happen. The list includes many of the popular brands including ASUS, Xiaomi, OnePlus, OPPO, Vivo, HMD, HTC, Sony, Sharp, LG and Motorola.
Others include Fujitsu, Netgear, Sierra and a couple of names that don’t sound familiar as far as mobile phones are concerned. It is possible Qualcomm is collaborating with these companies to speed up the rollout of the 5G infrastructure on carrier networks.
However, the big names like Apple, Samsung and Huawei are missing in the list (at least as of now).
Meanwhile, a few Chinese brands like OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi have been teasing with their own 5G-enabled handsets in their labs but it is still uncertain whether any of them would be ready to unveil the 5G device next year.
Motorola, on the other hand is working on to embed Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem into a Moto Mod. Likewise, OnePlus 7 is also confirmed to introduce the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem that would power the 5G technology.