Qualcomm has announced their new X50 5G NR modem which supports 5G and will enable the future smartphones to come with 5G connectivity. According to Qualcomm, a total of 19 companies have selected the Qualcomm's X50 5G NR modem family for their 5G mobile devices that will be launched starting from 2019.
The companies that have adopted Qualcomm's X50 5G NR modem family include Asus, Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited, HTC, Inseego/Novatel Wireless, LG, NetComm Wireless, NETGEAR, OPPO, Sharp Corporation, Sierra Wireless, Sony Mobile, Telit, Vivo, Wingtech, WNC, Xiaomi, ZTE and HMD Global – The home of Nokia phones.
As per Qualcomm, we could see the first 5G smartphones as early as next year and HMD Global being at the forefront in providing the best technology we can expect a 5G Nokia flagship device in 2019.
Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer, HMD Global said, “Nokia phones have always been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to mobility. 5G will be the catalyst for the introduction of innovative data devices and services in the coming years. It will completely change the kind of experiences consumers would expect from their devices. As we look to this connected future, we look forward to our close relationship with Qualcomm Technologies in delivering richer smartphone experiences to our consumers. We also see a great opportunity evolving in the personal mobile device ecosystem to offer an even more immersive experience.”
Do note that, none of the above companies have announced that they will launch a 5G device in 2019. I too, don't expect every company to announce 5G mobile devices as early as next year but there will be few companies who will be the first to bring 5G devices to market and I hope HMD Global is one of them. However, being 1st is not always a good thing and it is always better to be late and come well prepared rather than arrive early and ill-prepared.