Samsung and Verizon have partnered up to release a 5G smartphone together in the first half of 2019. The companies are planning to unveil proof of concept of the phone at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui this week.
The 5G device will be powered by Qualcomm’s unreleased processor with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem. It will have Qualcomm antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end, and antenna elements.
The company said in its press release that the phone “is the result of years of collaboration to deploy an end-to-end solution for commercial 5G services using Samsung network equipment and personal devices.”
It is worth noting that Samsung is also developing its own 5G modem, the Exynos 5100, which will probably be used for international 5G variants of the Galaxy S10 running on Exynos processors.
5G networks will provide greater bandwidth, improved connectivity, and network reliability. Full implementation of 5G services will offer more capacity and faster download speed than today’s 4G LTE network.
Cellular network providers in the U.S. are in a race to be the first one to provide faster networks, thus collaborating with the biggest handset makers.
But Verizon already provides a version of 5G in limited availability in four markets and aims to provide a fully functional 5G mobile network in early 2019.