The Newest 5G Phones Available in the Market in 2018

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The Newest 5G Phones Available in the Market in 2018

The tech world is hyped with talk about the increased functionality and speed that the advent of 5G phones will bring; it’s also going to change the way we use our phones and maybe even the way they look.

5G phones are at prototyping as of the moment but around 2020, once 5G gets hits the consumer mass markets, the tech will be cooked right into hand phones that are far smarter than those we have today.

When can we expect to see 5G phones?

Expect to see 5G phones as mainstream around late 2019 to 2020. 5G networks are likely to start rolling out in 2020, so 5G handsets will probably start becoming extensively available for the public by then.

Trial phones are most likely to launch by the end of 2018. But you’ll still need a 5G mobile network to actually use them. They’re also likely to have beta issues like unstable connectivity, short battery life, and no transmission to 4G networks.

Being the new and latest tech, they will also probably be very expensive. So waiting for the next harvest around 2020 wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Most of the 5G phones by then are likely to be limited to Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. With 2021 anticipated to be the big year for 5G phone launching in the UK.

Strategy Analytics forecasts that by 2022, ten million 5G handsets will have been sold internationally, and more than 300 million by 2025.

Telecommunications manufacturer, Qualcomm, has already built a 5G modem. Designed to achieve speeds of up to 5Gbps and support millimetre wave spectrum. It’s not yet for sale commercially but it gives smartphone developers incentive to integrate 5G into commercial products by late 2018.

Smartphone manufacturers ready to roll out 5G handsets

Early buyers of 5G phones will get lightning fast high-resolution downloads and a data superhighway all to themselves.

5G was the talk of the town at the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Qualcomm, the maker of Android’s Snapdragon chip, demonstrated its X50 chip speed of 4.51Gbps. The X50 is ready to be put into 5G phones, and Qualcomm has already signed up phone manufacturers LG, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, Oneplus, and HTC. Qualcomm director of marketing, Sherif Hanna says that Japan, South Korea, and Australia will be in the first wave with 5G network operations in early 2019. China Mobile will follow in the second half 2019.

Meanwhile, chief executive of Huawei, Richard Yu, unveiled in his keynote speech the Balong 5G01 5G-ready chip exclusively for Huawei 5G devices. He also teased that the company will launch its first 5G smartphone in the second half of 2018.

Although that release date is way ahead of when 5G networks are available, it’s a sign that the phone makers are a go.

5G networks are already under way in Hong Kong.

While several cities in the United States are expecting Verizon and AT&T 5G phones late this year. Unless Samsung or Huawei springs a surprise towards the end of this year, they won’t have product to ride on the early-launch wave.

Cloud computing will be very accessible in the 5G era. The fast connection to the cloud storage means that there might not be a need for much flash storage on mobile devices. Battery efficiency and how phones can easily offload data to the cloud is still to be worked out on the first-generation 5G phones.

Phones will be the first to benefit from 5G, but computers and IoT devices will follow as well. SK Telecom has unveiled a 5G tablet, while Intel’s booth at MWS showed a 5G-capable laptop computer. Dell, Lenovo, HP and Microsoft have all devoted to producing 5G laptops with Intel by 2019.

Internet service providers are moving at a rapid pace to deploy 5G network infrastructure for the coming of 5G. Verizon expects to start deployment in 2018, much earlier than the expected 2020 5G adoption date. Other operators, such as Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, already shared their aggressive 5G rollout plans at the 2018 MWC. For more Internet providers and services, visit

How will this change the world?

It’s important to understand that 5G is not just another speed jump like 3G to 4G. Rather, it is the 4th Industrial Revolution, enabling technologies like IoT, network convergence, smart industries and smart cities, which require careful planning and design to integrate legacy and new applications in one seamless network.

Envision immersing in wireless virtual reality from your mobile device, from anywhere in the world. Or imagine downloading feature length movie in HD in seconds from a train station. From high speed gaming to video streaming on the go, seamless connectivity between cellular networks and WiFi, 5G devices will be essential. Connecting online, anytime anywhere will be normal. Early prototypes of 5G laptops are capable of 4K video streaming and downloading at 5 Gbps on the 800 Hz bandwidth.

The entire buzz around 5G is on instant downloads and streaming video in high resolution.

But businesses will also take advantage from 5G since the technology is going to make money for industry. For instance, providing shopping malls, large offices and industrial plants with superfast WiFi connected point-of-sale devices and phones could greatly benefit enterprises.

5G could also make digital signage in retail stores a new facet of augmented reality. Digital signage could evolve into virtual mirrors equipped with cameras, and do predictive analytics to recommend what would look good on you based on your weight and height. So in real time you can clothe yourself in different fashions and hundreds of combinations without manually having to change to clothes.

This translates to faster shopping and more sales for stores without having to constantly go back to the changing room. Theoretically all this would happen with 5G wireless Internet.

The promise of 5G speed isn’t just super-fast download, but also ultra-low latency or delay time. At present, the high end 4G phones take 50 milliseconds to link to the cloud and compute information, whereas 5G will only take 1 millisecond. The digital setting is going to be instant.

For consumers, 5G is mostly talk right now, but at 2019 Mobile World Congress, expect 5G frenzy.

What exciting new features can we expect?
New designs

Form follows function and with all the changes in a smartphone’s function, their forms are going to change too.

The possibilities are transparent screens, super slim and even flexible and foldable devices. If they’re also packed full of power for super high resolution screens they could maybe become ever larger. Smartphones are sure to change with the arrival of 5G.

Augmented reality

A likely use for 5G is augmented reality –adding a virtual layer over the physical real world. This could be used in marketing, gaming and entertainment.

Apps like Snapchat are already doing this but with 5G it could really take off into something more sophisticated. For example you could virtually remodel your living room through your phone. You could snap furniture into place and mock up things before buying them.

This has made its first excursion on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which can map rooms and overlay them with directions, information and graphics.

Virtual reality

A number of companies have already built phone compatible VR headsets like Google’s Daydream View Samsung’s Gear VR. This may become mainstream in the near future, now that Google is seriously investing in VR for Android. You’d be able to play online VR games wherever you are with the power of 5G.

Massive resolutions

Expect mobile devices in the next few years to support 4K (3840 x 2160) or even 8K (7680 x 4320) resolution on their screens. Not only will that help guarantee virtual reality content looks true to life, but it will enable you to download or stream very high quality video content or big data files on your phone. Right now with many WiFi connections and 4G wireless networks that would be very slow. But 5G assures us it has the speeds necessary to make seamless experiences.

Holographic video

We could also go beyond screens and start seeing holographic content with phones projecting images out of the screen. There are already a few devices existing in the market with built in projectors, so this may be the next step after that. This could be useful for 3d modelling software and 3d industries.

With so many other heavy data things, holographic files are probably enormous in size, so to pull those off a 5G connection will be necessary.

Enormous power

With the speed to drive these applications, smartphones will need hardware with huge amounts of power to keep up with them.

Phones are getting more powerful through the years. So by 2022 don’t be surprised if your phone is as powerful as your current laptop. 8GB of RAM handsets are already underway, so we could easily be at 32 GB in a few years with the help of powerful processors.

Cloud computing

The cloud is going to play a much more important role in our lives, with smartphones required to perform supercomputer-like tasks.

With the speed of 5G, cloud computing on phones could go beyond just storage. But may also be used to run apps and games. With the data essentially being processed on remote servers then simply streamed to our phones, it helps the phone to maintain its mobile size and lightness.

Given the size of 4k, 8k, VR and holographic content, media will likely be streamed rather than downloaded. Theoretically that could level out performance between low and high end phones if even cheap phones could offload computing tasks to remote devices with a 5G connection.

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