While some cell phone carriers are prepping to launch 5G services in the U.S., Verizon is looking to team up with Samsung to release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019.
During the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii, the two companies will show off a proof of concept that is being powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end, and antenna elements.
“5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other people in ways never thought possible,” said Brian Higgins, vice president, wireless device and product marketing at Verizon. “Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities. Now, we’re partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand.”
Even Justin Denison, senior vice president, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America is glad to be working alongside of Verizon and Qualcomm to offer smartphones that will transform how people work and play.
“Samsung offers end-to-end solutions that are accelerating the
wide scaleadoption of 5G and help us realize our vision of truly connected living. We’re proud to work alongside innovative partners like Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver a smartphone that will fundamentally transform how people work and play.”
So far, Verizon has launched 5G services in four cities in the U.S. including, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. With Big Red and Samsung coming out with a 5G smartphone, we should see Verizon expand 5G to more cities in the states at some point next year. Then, once those 5G Samsung devices are out, customers can take advantage of 5G networks in their towns or be ready for when it does arrive.Source: Verizon