Lenovo Vice President Chang Cheng has confirmed that his company will be the first to bring out a 5G smartphone. According to the executive’s post on Weibo, the device will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is currently rumored to power a few upcoming flagship smartphones.
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Lenovo to Launch the First 5G Smartphone?
If we go by what Lenovo VP Chang Cheng has said, Lenovo will be the first smartphone maker to launch a 5G smartphone. The flagship device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood. The executive hasn’t specified any timeframe for the release of the handset, so we aren’t sure if the Lenovo 5G flagship will be released later this year or early next year. Earlier this week, leakster Roland Quandt had revealed that the Snapdragon 855 has been in mass production since June, which suggests the first smartphones powered by the chip might be released before the end of the year. However, there is also a possibility that the chipset will be released only in early 2019. While Qualcomm has released two flagship mobile SoCs in the same year in the past, it released just one flagship SoC last year.
First 5G Smartphone: Huawei, Samsung and OPPO in the Race Too
Lenovo isn’t the only manufacturer that is currently working on bringing its first 5G smartphone to consumers around the world. Rival Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, which had showcased the world’s first 5G commercial modem ahead of the Mobile World Congress this year, has confirmed that it plans to release its first 5G smartphone in the third quarter of 2019. OPPO also announced its partnership with Qualcomm earlier this year to launch 5G mobile phones next year. OnePlus also plans to become the first smartphone maker to launch a 5G smartphone by mid-2019. Some rumors have also suggested that Samsung’s 2019 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10 could offer 5G connectivity. If true, it could mean that the Galaxy S10 could be the world’s first 5G smartphone.
What is 5G?
5G, as the name clearly suggests, will succeed 4G mobile wireless technology. While the final 5G specifications haven’t been decided yet, 5G base stations are expected to offer 20 Gbps download and 10 Gbps upload speeds, which is a huge upgrade when compared to 4G. Users can expect to see minimum download speeds of 100 Mbps and upload speeds of 50 Mbps on compatible smartphones. Apart from improved download and upload speeds, 5G base stations are expected to provide a maximum latency of just 4ms. In India, BSNL is claiming to roll out its 5G network as soon as the end of next year or early 2020.