Samsung, the leader in the smartphone market, has announced that next year it will launch a 5G smartphone with the Verizon operator. A launch that will take place in the first half of 2019.
Prior to this launch, the two companies will also be demonstrating this week at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit event in Maui. The device used will be a proof of concept powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC and the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem.
If the arrival of 5G is so expected, it is because this new technology should allow ultra-fast mobile data transfers.
"The 5G mobility service will provide significant bandwidth, greater connectivity, and increased network reliability. Once fully implemented, it will offer a much faster capacity and download speed than the current 4G LTE network, "reads Samsung and Verizon in a statement.
To give you an idea of this speed, the site Business Insider wrote a few months ago that during a demonstration of Samsung with a 5G router, it was possible to make a download at 4 gigabits per second, which would download a file of 50 GB in two minutes.
On the other hand, the deployment of 5G should be done very quickly. According to predictions from Ericsson, 5G will become a consumer product by 2020. And it will cover 40% of the world's population by 2024.
Apple: no 5G before 2020?
Samsung announced the release in 2019 of its smartphone 5G while for its part, Apple would use this technology on the iPhone in 2020.
At least that's what Bloomberg sources say we recently relayed in an article.
As usual, Apple would be careful, and therefore would not adopt the 5G immediately.
Moreover, as the Cupertino company is currently in conflict with Qualcomm, it would opt for another partner: Intel.