Intel partners with Dell, Microsoft, HP and Lenovo to bring 5G laptops in 2019

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Intel has announced that it has partnered with Microsoft, Dell Hp and Lenovo to bring 5G laptops by the end of 2019. These laptops will be equipped with Intel’s XMM 8000 series modems that have the ability to enable 5G on these devices. Intel says that PCs are the “central hub for processing incredible amounts of data.” The company believes that 5G is the key to opening up new possibilities and experiences or PC users and that it is essential for PCs to be ready with 5G.

“5G is not just another generation of wireless connectivity. It promises new opportunities for technology innovation across the computing and connectivity landscape from the cloud to the network and the client,” said Intel in a recent press release.

Intel is going to be using this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) event to debut some early demos of its forthcoming 5G-enabled two-in-one devices which would be powered by 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processors. The chip maker hasn’t provided any further details about the hardware of such devices, but it did mention that it will demonstrate the power of 5G by live streaming video. Maybe this would be a similar demonstration as the multiple 4K streams using desktops which Intel has shown in the past.

This news comes around the same time as Qualcomm’s announcement that it will use Samsung’s 7nm chip-making technology in its upcoming 5G modems built into the Snapdragon platform. 2018 is the year when 5G trials will begin and this year’s MWC should demonstrate all the possibilities we can expect with the development of this technology. Both Intel and Qualcomm are in a race to ensure OEMs select their 5G modem solutions for future mobile devices and laptops.

Intel recently partnered up with China’s Unigroup Spreadtrum to integrate its 5G modem in the latter’s 2019 mobile platform. On the other hand, Qualcomm has already partnered with around 18 companies, including the likes of HTC, LG, Acer, Asus and more, to bring 5g to mobile handsets with its X50 5G modem. There is still no word on which direction Apple and Huawei will go. Winning the Apple 5G modem orders would be a very lucrative deal for both the companies.

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