The popular Chipmaker Qualcomm recently told its plans for 2019 in the 4G/5G Summit held in Hong Kong, China where various manufacturers were announcing their future plans related to 5G. The official statement on behalf of Qualcomm hints that we might see a lot of phones with 5G support in 2019.
Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said that “at least two waves of major flagships” with the 5G radio next year, with the first lot arriving some time within the first half of the year, and the rest in the holiday season” based as per the current assumptions and plans of the company.
Moreover, the event also witnessed the launch of the new Snapdragon 675 SoC-an upgrade over the Snapdragon 670 which came earlier this year. Qualcomm bragged about the outstanding gaming experiences, advanced AI capabilities, and “cutting-edge” camera performance of the new chip, following which, Manu Kumar Jain, Global VP, and MD at Xiaomi India revealed that Xiaomi will soon launch a mid-range smartphone with Snapdragon 675 SoC.
Moving on further with the event, the company mentioned the advancements and developments it had achieved on the next-generation 5G technology. It also announced a smaller version of its QTM052 mmWave antenna module, which will play an important role in enabling 5G connectivity without affecting form factor of smartphones.
Barring the technical aspects, it is safe to assume that a majorly of smartphone manufacturers will be making 5G-supported smartphones starting in 2019. The phones will make use of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X50 modem, allowing for the new implementation.
The same thing will be used by OnePlus with their next year’s OnePlus 7 smartphone as confirmed by Carl Pei, Co-founder, OnePlus during the conference.
Additionally, the company has released a list of 19 OEMs which are committed to Qualcomm’s 5G vision for 2019. The list mentions popular brands such as OnePlus, Vivo, OPPO, ASUS, Xiaomi, HMD Global (Nokia), HTC, Sony, Sharp, LG, and Motorola. Others brands making the use of this new modem will include Fujitsu, computer networking firm Netgear, wireless communications equipment maker Sierra and a couple of other manufacturers. Also, it is possible that Qualcomm is further partnering with these manufacturers to increase the pace of 5G infrastructure rollout on carrier networks.
As of now, we already have a couple of brands teasing for 5G support, like Xiaomi with their upcoming Mi Mix 3 which is claimed to be world’s first commercial 5G phone. The Lenovo backed Motorola is already on the safer side with its 5G Moto Mod (using the same Snapdragon X50 Modem) allowing for 5G capabilities on existing Moto phones with Moto Mods support. Huawei, on the other hand, is already out with its Kirin 980 chip which natively can support 5G connectivity.
As you might notice, manufacturers like Samsung and Apple are absent from the list (we hope you are aware of Qualcomm’s recent fight with Apple). Well, it is hard to say for now that which OEM will bring the 5G smartphone first but it can be said that it’ll be from the house of Samsung, Xiaomi Huawei or OnePlus. Let’s see, stay tuned for more updates.