In fact, early Tuesday Samsung and AT&T announced the first 5G Samsung phone will be available on the carrier in the spring of 2019, or around the time that Samsung typically releases new Galaxy S models.
Verizon (and AT&T, and Sprint) has already confirmed that it will be welcoming 5G on the back of an unannounced Samsung smartphone. The companies are showing a proof of concept at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui this week; that device uses the Snapdragon Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules.
The carrier, which is set to merge with T-Mobile in 2019, stated that it's now "one of Samsung's biggest customers" and that it's definitely "working with them".
Qualcomm is, of course, talking up the Snapdragon 855's 5G capabilities as we get ready to head into the new frontier of the latest and greatest wireless networks.
When fully implemented, it will offer capacity and download speed many times faster than today's 4G LTE network.
Qualcomm is making a big push with 5G devices.
Exactly when LG will announce its next flagship phone is a little up in the air, but we may see it at Mobile World Congress and it's likely to feature the Snapdragon 855. With fledgling 5G networks just beginning to light up, and more coverage promised for 2019, the first taste of fifth-generation connectivity is nearly upon us. Apple plans to wait until at least 2020 before releasing an iPhone capable of 5G connectivity, Bloomberg reported Monday. Beyond that, there's not much else we can tell you today.
The Snapdragon 855 chipset comes with the next generation GPU, the Adreno 640 with "Snapdragon Elite Gaming", which will enhance the overall GPU performance while gaming.
Qualcomm's upcoming flagship mobile platform will carry a more conventional branding and not the 8150 branding as previously rumored. Qualcomm also aims to make fingerprint readers integrated into the display a mainstream reality: the company will present a new sensor called 3D Sonic Sensor that promises to work even with a dirty display or one protected by films. The name and initial details were unveiled during the company's annual "Tech Summit" in Hawaii, where it's taking a full week to unveil its upcoming plans for mobile computing and networks. We should be getting more information about these features from the official launch event.