Xiaomi, Sony and 16 more OEMs to deliver 5G smartphones in 2019

Qualcomm's Blazing 5G Modem Coming to Phones in 2019

Qualcomm's Blazing 5G Modem Coming to Phones in 2019

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family has been selected by many global OEMs for standard-compliant 5G NR mobile device product launches in 2019.

As for the 5G ecosystem on the telco side, Qualcomm is teaming with AT&T, China Mobile, T-Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and many more.

A bunch of names were dropped, including Asus, HMD Global, aka "the home of Nokia phones", HTC, LG, OPPO, Sharp, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.

Not on the list, however, are the world's three leading smartphone vendors: Apple, Huawei and Samsung.

Qualcomm has officially announced both the wireless carriers and OEMs that will support the Snapdragon X50 5G modem.


"2018 will be a big year for Qualcomm Technologies and the mobile industry overall as we work to execute on the agreed upon 5G NR specification", said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated.

Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon X50 in 2016, with plans to make it commercially available during the first half of 2019.

We're slowly but surely marching towards a future where 5G is an actual reality and not marketing hype, and today, Qualcomm made a significant footprint on the path towards deployment. It was meant to provide the basis for 5G NR field trials with the mobile operators this year. It was created to enable field trials and early deployments of 5G networks globally, allowing download speeds of around 5Gbps and supporting operation in the mmWave spectrum at the 28GHz band, with 800MHz bandwidth, along with Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO), adaptive beam-forming, and beam-tracking technologies.

The mobile 5G NR trials will utilise its 5G mobile test platform and smartphone reference design, which incorporate the Snapdragon X50 chipset and optimise 5G technology within the power and form factor constraints of a smartphone while maintaining interoperability and co-existence with 4G LTE. These technologies will be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and fiber-like cloud connectivity, as well as enabling new high-reliability, low-latency services.

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