There is currently a lot of buzz around 5G and what it will bring, especially in terms of how it is going to transform the capabilities of mobile phones and how we use them. Anyone who is familiar with 4G connectivity is able to make an educated guess as to what 5G is and that it is going to be a faster, better form of internet access in simple terms. There is a lot of promise around increase data transfer speeds to start with but then the potential of 5G extends much further than that. Many large telecoms companies are investing money to overhaul wireless broadband and enable this next generation 5G network to be brought to the masses.
5G handsets are likely to become available in 2019, once the 5G networks start to launch and they are likely to be rather expensive.
Huawei have already announced that their first 5G enabled smartphone will be released in 2019 and they didn’t provide too many specifics about the handset. They did disclose though that they plan to use their own 5G modem.
Last year EE successfully completed a 5G trial, which saw consistent 2.8Gbps download speeds and this trial came at around the same time that Samsung revealed that they are also planning to release a 5g device in 2019. Chipmaker Qualcomm also unveiled their X50 modem, which is used to power Qualcomm’s first 5G smartphone.
These advances from providers definitely suggest that phones capable of handling 5G speeds will most likely be available for use in 2019. “Pure” 5G phones are realistically a little further on the horizon though and the Qualcomm 5G chip is likely to be used to boost current 4G services over the next couple of years within devices.
The use of the 5G network on phones will see significant enhancements noticeable for users, as it will be significantly faster than the current 4G network. Currently speeds of data transfer can reach up to one gibabit per second, however 5G could see this increase to ten gigabits per second. To put this into real terms it will mean that a full HD movie could be downloaded to a device within just ten seconds. Lower latency allows means that load times when browsing won’t even be noticeable to the human eye. This translates to loads of opportunity for industries like online gaming to able to extend service like live gaming to all their members, so the likes of Unibet who currently have live table games as well as streaming services will be ecstatic about 5G.
5G devices are set to be very exciting and their release is becoming much anticipated. 5G networks promise massively increased speeds and reliability from internet connections and eventually every device in the future will look to be 5G enabled. Some of the main 5G devices it is believed will be available and should definitely be taken notice of are the likes of Samsung Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7, Sony Xperia XZ3 and the Huawei P30.