Sprint and LG hope to launch the first 5G smartphone next year

Sprint and LG hope to launch the first 5G smartphone next year

Sprint and LG announced today that they'll have a 5G phone together "in the first half of 2019" when the carrier's 5G network launches.

Sprint Chief Technology Officer, Dr John Saw, affirms LG's well-crafted handsets will position the carrier as one of the world's first movers in mobile 5G. According to Sprint, its customers would be the first to experience the 5G network. Sprint is usually the first in the USA to get LG's new smartphones.

All Sprint can say is a "beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone" is coming, looking to "revolutionize the mobile industry" with "blazing fast speed and ultra-reliable wireless". Sprint claims that its first 5G MIMO towers will have 10 times the capacity of its current LTE towers and will deliver blistering speeds for customers. All four major U.S. carriers have advanced 5G roadmaps, but initial deployments will be restricted to Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) broadband in major cities until the first 5G smartphones arrive next year. One thing's for sure though, 5G smartphones are just around the corner! There are no concrete details available about the 5G LG smartphone other than the vague release date. Samsung said its first 5G phone will not be the upcoming flagship Galaxy S10.

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T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told ZDNet that the carrier's 5G deployment across 30 cities this year - Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Dallas are to have the service by 2019 - is "moving well", with the 600MHz LTE rollout beginning last year and much of the hardware being 5G NR capable.

The Korean electronics giant also said it will make this partnership a stepping stone in expanding its 5G business in the North American region in a statement. The mod will be powered by its own battery, so that the Moto Z3 will not suffer from short standby times.

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