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Qualcomm expects over 30 5G devices this year

Qualcomm’s press event at CES 2019 was designed to assure consumers that 2019 will be “the year of 5G” an opportunity to spotlight partnerships. The company now says that over 30 5G devices, mostly smartphones, will launch in 2019.

The spokesperson then went on to say that Qualcomm has won the majority of contracts with OEMs looking for 5G deployment in 2019. This might be not too far from the truth as even Samsung will be using Qualcomm's modem for its smartphones in the US because the Snapdragon X50 modem is better suited for the 2.5GHz spectrum. Meanwhile, T-Mobile will be relying on Intel's 5G mobile platform in 600 MHz smartphones.

During Qualcomm’s 5G Summit in December, both Verizon and AT&T announced that they will be releasing Samsung-developed 5G smartphones in 2019 — notably using Qualcomm 5G modems. Though Samsung has its own 5G modem, Qualcomm’s chip and antenna hardware appears to be better suited to millimeter wave 5G deployments in the United States, so Samsung will be using Snapdragon modems in at least some of its U.S. smartphones. Smaller rival Sprint announced today that it will also offer a Samsung 5G smartphone, which will use 2.5 GHz radio spectrum instead of millimeter wave, and T-Mobile will apparently use Intel’s 5G mobile platform in a 600 MHz smartphone.

One thing is for sure, though 2019 will be the year of 5G smartphones although the new tech will only be available from the start in some countries.

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