With most of India steadily climbing onto 4G networks, the developed world is now looking further into the future and new communications technology we can move to, specifically 5G. The current aspirational global grid for the IoT industry, it’s predicted that mobile networks’ fifth generation will be a worldwide standard by 2020.
Hard to believe that I have the world's first 5G smartphone in my hand! 😁 pic.twitter.com/b180MawEyT
— Sherif Hanna 📶 (@sherifhanna) 25 October 2017
Now, we’re finally getting a look at the first 5G-capable smartphone on the market. Chipmaker Qualcomm has just announced it has a prototype device ready, showing off the company’s 5G mmWave technology.
Of course, it’s not an actual smartphone but instead a reference design that’ll be used for future testing.
Qualcomm 5G phone reference design
Sherif Hanna, the Marketing Lead for LTE and 5G Modems at Qualcomm, tweeted out the photo. He specifies the device is multi-mode, meaning it is also backward compatible with 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. And aside from the dual rear camera and dual flash, there’s not much else to know about the device. After all, those hardware specs aren’t so important when the smartphone is meant for optimization tests.
Qualcomm is reportedly working with its parent company Softbank, as well as carriers like Verizon and Sprint, to develop the technology. And if all goes well, the company even says we might see these kind of 5G-capable devices on the market by 2019.