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Qualcomm showcases smartphone prototype supporting both 4G, 5G

Qualcomm said that 2019 will see the launch of at least two 5G -ready smartphones.
Qualcomm said that 2019 will see the launch of at least two 5G -ready smartphones. (Bloomberg)

Qualcomm has partnered with 19 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) globally for 5G technology.

Mobile chip maker Qualcomm Friday showcased its prototype for a smartphone that will support both 4G and the upcoming 5G technology at the India Mobile Congress 2018 here.

5G technology -- which promises faster data speeds and lower latency -- is slated to be commercially rolled out by telecom operators in markets like North America and Korea in the first half of 2019.

"This is our reference design for smartphone that has both 4G and 5G. In addition, (it supports) the millimetre (mm) wave bands and sub-6GHz bands, so it's all inclusive. This represents the kinds of devices that we will see starting the first half of 2019 as 5G smartphones are launched...," Qualcomm Technologies Senior Vice President, Engineering, Durga Malladi told PTI.

He added that the company has partnered with 19 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) globally for 5G technology.

"Lot of these OEMs are very popular here in India...both the device and infrastructure ecosystem is going to be in place...that means the moment spectrum is available to Indian operators and Indian operators are ready to launch, it should be relatively smooth sailing," he said.

Asked about the expected pricing of the 5G handsets, Malladi declined to comment, saying it would depend on the device maker.

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