World’s First 5G Phone
Qualcomm just took a big leap in its long shuffle towards 5G. The company has conducted the first 5G test on a single-chip smartphone, and it’s released the reference design for the first 5G phone. The device will be out next year, and while it’s only for testing purposes, just the fact that someone somewhere can be testing a very real 5G phone is a huge leap forwards.
The image which displays the rear of the phone shows horizontally aligned dual-camera and vertically aligned dual LED flash. A logo of Qualcomm Snapdragon appears towards the bottom of the phone.
The phone is a reference design and for the testing and optimisation of their 5G mmWave performance within the constraints of a mobile form factor.
In the conversation following the tweet, Hanna clarifies that the device is designed to support multi-mode i.e. 2G/3G/4G/5G.
Qualcomm recently, at the 2017 Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit, announced that they successfully demonstrated 5G data connection on a single-chip 5G modem—the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
The company was able to achieve a download speed of more than 1 gigabit per second.
Interestingly, the International Telecommunication Union has not yet come up with the standards of 5G. According to Hanna, “first 5G spec definition will be complete[ed] this December, by the 3GPP.” The 5G technology itself will be available for general users latest by 2020.