5G smartphone race speeds ahead with new entry planned from Samsung

Joshua Bennett
December 5, 2018

Apparently, Qualcomm originally designed the chip to integrate the X24 LTE modem, but we know the X50 5G modem is ready to ship to other OEMs, so we could definitely see handhelds sporting both the Snapdragon 855 and the X50 5G modem. Now, renders of the upcoming handset have surfaced online, giving everyone an early look at Samsung's first top-tier flagship for 2019. Huawei and Intel may dispute this characterization, but no products on the market use their 5G tech.

Slated for release sometime in the spring of 2019, this mystery phone will be the second 5G-capable device on AT&T's network, alongside the mmWave Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, which should be coming out later this month.

Impact: Following a largely underwhelming year in terms of annual upgrades to its mobile portfolio, Samsung appears to be positioning the Galaxy S10 line as a major step forward and one that will attempt to cater to everyone in the hopes of strengthening the company's leading position in the smartphone market. Qualcomm's Durga Malladi said that "it's just a little early" to talk about that, as "there will be a lot more testing after this".

We have heard a few reports recently about the Galaxy S10 display hole. However, the company did give us a sneak peek at some of tomorrow's announcements. Therefore, in theory, the Snapdragon 855 could be quite a bit faster than the A12 Bionic, but that remains to be seen when devices with it ship in the first half of 2019. Next, the company unveiled Snapdragon Elite Gaming, a set of features in the mobile platform to enhance mobile gaming experiences. To take advantage of this, however, devices must be able to support 5G connectivity.

The Porsche Design Mate 20 RS already uses a fingerprint reader under the display but it's an optical type and not ultrasonic!

Service providers are working on 5G rollouts across the US.

Roland Quandt from Winfuture claims that the first wave of Snapdragon 855 SoCs will not supports 5G. For more information, stay tuned to XDA-Developers, as we'll have plenty of coverage and details to share throughout the week! Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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