Samsung and Verizon Will Release a 5G Smartphone in 2019

A sign on the Qualcomm campus is seen in San Diego California US

A sign on the Qualcomm campus is seen in San Diego California US

The rough timing of OnePlus's intended European launch isn't exactly a surprise - Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon pointed out in his day one keynote address that wireless industry as a whole was moving "at the same pace for 2019 launches" for 5G.

Things are just getting started here at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit, so stay tuned this week for more information on topics such as 5G, Snapdragon 855, and Qualcomm-powered always on always connected PCs!

Verizon, AT&T, and Samsung also announced that a 5G-capable smartphone will be available in early 2019.

Qualcomm claims that 18 device makers signed up to use its chips in 5G devices next year.

The 5G network is created to provide significant increases in capacity (100X), responsiveness (10X), density (100X), peak speeds (multi-gigabits per second), and reliability.

Samsung, which is set to launch world's first foldable smartphone early 2019, has partnered with Verizon on its 5G Home offering since the beginning of 2018. Verizon's 5G network now exists in only a small handful of cities. Since 5G compatibility is a major feature for the Snapdragon 855, it's a safe assumption those chips would run on Qualcomm's latest chipset, too. This might seem like a pretty insane story just with that bit of information, but things get even better when you learn how Samsung was caught.

Service providers are working on 5G rollouts across the US. Snapdragon 855 delivers highly intuitive on-device AI experiences - driven by our 4th-generation, multi-core Qualcomm® AI Engine, with up to three times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform. It seems that we'll have to patiently wait until all the pieces fall into place and we can be genuinely amazed (hopefully) by what 5G can do.

When fully implemented, it will offer capacity and download speed many times faster than today's 4G LTE network. Snapdragon 855's four power-saving cores clocked at 1.78GHz will be used primarily for most tasks that do not strain the processor.

Apple is reportedly not going to offer a 5G-ready iPhone until 2020, and so Android devices may have a competitive edge.

Samsung is bringing one of the first 5G smartphones to the U.S.in the first half of 2019 thanks to the 855 chipset from Qualcomm that will unlock new and exciting interactions, such as the ability to do a 5G video call with crystal-clear pictures and no lag, he said.

Those are some of the Snapdragon 855's biggest tweaks and additions, but there's plenty more to take away from the Snapdragon Summit thus far.

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