The 5G every time is taking more form. Although the standard is finalized and in the hands of the manufacturers of devices and components, it has not yet been published so that mortals can know the final specifications. The arrival of the first phones was confirmed by 2019, but this year we could already be seeing mobile phones that use this connectivity.
Several manufacturers want to launch 5G phones this year
This was stated by Qualcomm, which would imply that these devices would arrive much earlier than expected. Manufacturers such as Huawei had revealed that by the first half of 2019 they were already going to launch 5G access points, and a mobile phone with this connectivity in the second half of the year.
However, the senior vice president of Qualcomm, Durga Prasad Malladi, said in an interview to the Economic Times that there are manufacturers that are already establishing the goal of launching their first 5G phones this year. To this it would be added that there are several operators that already have plans to launch antennas and offer 5G connectivity in a public way, such as Movistar in Spain.
In these first networks, which will operate in the 3.6 GHz band (whose auction will take place this summer), speeds of between 2 and 4 Gbps can be achieved, more than doubling the maximum speed currently achieved by operators such as Vodafone, Orange, Yoigo or Adamo with 1 Gbps and improving with simplicity what 4G can offer at present (which costs to exceed 1 Gbps).
Qualcomm could launch a new 5G processor later this year
To make it easier for manufacturers to launch 5G mobiles this year, Qualcomm claims to be ” doing everything possible to help them”. What remains to be seen is what processor they will use to achieve this. Currently the last SoC launched by Qualcomm is the Snapdragon 845, which includes components such as processor, memory, GPU, Wi-Fi or modem.
The Snapdragon 845 uses the Snapdragon X20 modem, manufactured in 10 nm and with LTE Cat.18 connectivity. This allows you to reach speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps down, while the rise remains at 150 Mbps with Cat.13. So, this modem has nothing of 5G, so Qualcomm would have to launch a chip in the second half of the year with its 5G modem so there are phones that can enjoy that connectivity.
The only thing that could happen is that the company created a kind of Snapdragon 846, with some overclock and that goes to equip the Snapdragon X50, which will be its first 5G modem and that until now we expected to be included in mobile from the year 2019 with processors such as the Snapdragon 855. This would make sense given that mobile manufacturers expected to sell less because users are waiting for the first 5G phones to arrive.