It has been more than a while since we’ve been something majorly innovative. Sure, you have a few shimmers here and there about 5G for quite a while now, but how far are we from 5G actually?
It seems like devices powered by Qualcomm’s SoCs could actually help people transition into 5G as early as Q1/Q2 2019 based on a report by BGR. 5G has made its most major mark with the help of a Moto mod for Motorola’s devices. Since 5G is still in its early stages, it’s likely that we won’t see the thrilling speeds of 5G anytime soon. Let’s call it, the 3G HSPA days from HTC back in the day.
In the report by BGR, Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm Technologies, said
“We are very pleased to be working with OEMs, operators, infrastructure vendors, and standards bodies across the world, and are on track to help launch the first 5G mobile hotspots by the end of 2018, and smartphones using our next-generation mobile platform in the first half of 2019.”
This comes exactly in line with the leaks and rumors we reported a few months ago where the mention of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem with 5G capabilities made its first appearance in a presentation. Since these technologies and innovations are said to empower the 5G movement, it’s likely that these new chips aren’t set that far in the near future.
If Qualcomm’s ready to lead the pack, it’s likely that Samsung could also be working with Qualcomm to push 5G onto their golden charm, the Galaxy S10’s international variant, Samsung’s 10th anniversary device. Meanwhile, reports have also suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S10 family of devices would pack Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9820 SoC for the Asian market. Given how lean Samsung is about keeping their International and Asian devices in check, the Snapdragon 855 could be the SoC to power the Galaxy S10 International variant when it debuts next year.
For now, all we could hope for is to see these rumors to reign true. Definitely take these leaks with a grain of salt as nothing’s official yet except for the fact that we’re very near to seeing 5G devices soon in the near future.