Chip maker Qualcomm today announced that its Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family has been selected by a number of global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for standard-compliant 5G NR mobile device product launches starting in 2019.
The OEMs include Xiaomi, HTC, Nokia, Asus, Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, Inseego/Novatel Wireless, LG, NetComm Wireless, NETGEAR, OPPO, Sharp Corporation, Sierra Wireless, Sony Mobile, Telit, vivo, Wingtech, WNC, and ZTE.
The first commercial launches of 5G mobile devices featuring the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family are expected to launch starting in 2019.
These OEMs are working to commercialise 5G mobile devices for the sub-6 GHz and millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum bands starting in 2019 based on the first commercially announced 5G modem solution, the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family.
“As evidenced by our work with these distinguished OEMs from around the globe and as we demonstrated in 3G and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Technologies is utilizing our deep expertise and technology leadership to support the successful launch of 5G NR, driving innovation in the mobile ecosystem,” said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile, Qualcomm Technologies.
The arrival of 5G will expand mobile into new spectrum bands and all spectrum types, allowing for enhanced mobile broadband and increasing the overall average download speeds for virtually all smartphone users. 5G NR technologies will allow for multi-gigabit per second data rates at significantly lower latency than today’s network, among other capabilities.
With 5G enabled smartphones consumers will almost never again need to log on to public Wi-Fi. They will also enjoy faster browsing, faster downloads, better quality video calls, UHD and 360-degree video streaming and instant cloud access than currently available, the company said.
“Nokia phones have always been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to mobility. 5G will be the catalyst for the introduction of innovative data devices and services in the coming years. It will completely change the kind of experiences consumers would expect from their devices,” added Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global.