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Samsung and Verizon announce 5G smartphone plans

2018-12-03 17:25 by
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Verizon and Samsung have announced plans to release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019, which will use chips from Qualcomm.

The companies said they will unveil a proof-of-concept Samsung 5G phone this week at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui. The device will use the chipmaker's Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

"5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other people in ways never thought possible," said Brian Higgins, vice president, wireless device and product marketing at Verizon. "Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities. Now, we're partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand."

Verizon currently has a 5G network live in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California, but that is designed as more of a home broadband alternative. The company's mobile 5G network, the more traditional network that phones will be able to tap into, is slated to launch early next year.

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