This means the first devices to support 5G aren't going to offer the kind of bandwidth improvements you might like unless you're wearing the base station like a hat.
Various mobile carriers have been stressing a lot on the implementation of 5G technology by the the year 2019. 5G signals are also more susceptible to attenuation by weather conditions; high humidity, fog, and rain will lower performance more than you'd see in an equivalent 4G network. The major companies include Nokia / HMD, Xiaomi, Vivo, LG, Sony, Oppo, HTC, Asus, Sharp, ZTE, Netgear, Telit, WNC, inseego, NetComm, Sierra Wireless, Netgear, and Fujitsu.
There's an ugly truth about 5G that isn't being talked about much, but is going to become increasingly important in the years ahead. "Android phones and access points will be there in 2019 but Apple iPhones are a big question mark".
Qualcomm Technologies has said that its Snapdragon X50 5G modem has been selected for use in live, over-the-air mobile 5G NR trials with multiple global wireless network operators in both the sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands.
But on the decidedly bright side of things, the vast majority of the world's leading Android smartphone vendors still want to do business with Qualcomm.
"Qualcomm Technologies is deeply committed to helping our customers deliver next-generation 5G mobile experiences to consumers, which requires enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity enabled by 5G NR networks, mobile devices and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem", said Alex Katouzian, SVP and GM, mobile, Qualcomm.
In other words, the above parties are all interested in launching 5G handsets - no one's saying they'll be the first. As for the 5G ecosystem on the telco side, Qualcomm is teaming with AT&T, China Mobile, T-Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and many more. We remember the 5G modem and gigabit LTE launched by the chipmaker over a year ago.
Whether you believe, like me, that the Qualcomm/Samsung "strategic relationship agreement" with give the South Korean chaebol first dibs on on the all-important Snapdragon X50 modem is still up for debate, but the good news for mobile fans is that the first 5G devices should arrive next year.