5G Phone: The whistle has been blown and the race has begun. As 5G race is starting to heat up.
Sprint that is US fourth-largest wireless carrier, poised to merge with T-Mobile next year, said Tuesday that it has tapped LG to build a 5G phone and believes it will be the first to market with one next year.
According to a certain director of Sprint called, John Tudhope, he said: “We think we’re far enough along in the development that we would be surprised if anyone beat us,”
The 5G smartphone specs or price was neither revealed by Sprint nor LG. But soon more details will roll out.
5G is expected to deliver a far faster and more responsive network that should supercharge a wave of new technologies including self-driving cars , streaming VR and telemedicine — once the service actually launches.
“Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to putting a beautifully designed, advanced 5G smartphone in our customers’ hands,” said John Saw, chief technology officer for Sprint.
Tudhope offered a few additional details. He described the LG device as a premium smartphone. While it will have radios for different 4G networks, it’s optimized only for Sprint’s 5G network. He said the company is working to make sure the 5G coverage in the launch markets provides for a better experience and dismissed concerns that the next-generation network may end up being a battery drain on the phone.
In addition, William Cho, CEO of LG Electronics North America, said: “LG has been working side by side with Sprint for nearly 20 years, and we are looking forward to expanding
this partnership with 5G,”
Other 5G Smartphone
Sprint isn’t the first to talk about a 5G-compatible device. Verizon has touted a 5G “Moto Mod” that would appear next year to give its Motorola Moto Z3 next-generation network capabilities. AT&T, meanwhile, plans to launch a 5G hotspot in a dozen markets this year.
Sprint revealed that the 5G phone would be out in the first half of next year. in time for the launch of its 5G network.
The carrier expects to launch its 5G network in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.