Qualcomm has hit the gas pedal on the 5G connectivity with its most recent announcements. The firm will offer Snapdragon X50 modems that support the new standard to 18 OEMs, as well as smartphone manufacturers Asus, Fujitsu, HMD Global, HTC, LG, Oppo, Sharp, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi, & ZTE.
The manufacturers are planning to commercialize 5G mobile devices by next year. While Samsung struck a separate extended partnership last week, the one big firm that’s missing from the list is Apple.
In a separate press release, the San Diego firm also said that carriers like AT&T, China Mobile, Orange, SK Telecom, Verizon, & Vodafone would conduct trials for the 5G NR standard to optimize their networks.
To show its progress on the matter, Qualcomm will have a planned demonstration at MWC 2018 where the Snapdragon X50 5G modem will accomplish download speeds of “several gigabits per second”.
Live trials of the 5G NR standard with foremost operators should start late this year so manufacturers could announce their ultra-fast smartphones & phones in 2019. According to Qualcomm, 5G could bring enhanced mobile broadband to Always Connected PCs, VR & AR phones.