Here’s a Glimpse at The World’s First 5G Smartphone from Qualcomm

The upcoming standard of mobile communication, 5G, is the next generation in revolutionizing how we interact with technology and Qualcomm is one of the many companies to have been actively working on developing the 5G technology.

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Now, seems like the company has gained major leeway in this department as an image of the world’s first 5G phone surfaces on the internet. A user named Sherif Hanna, who incidentally is also the marketing lead for LTE and 5G NR modems has uploaded a photo stating that is the image of the ‘world’s first 5G smartphone’ on Twitter, this Monday. Notably, Hanna is an employee at the company, working as the Marketing Lead for LTE and 5G NR Modems for Qualcomm.

The phone in the image is the prototype of the company’s first mmWave 5G reference design and not the final unit. The phone has been designed by Qualcomm to test and optimize their 5G mmWave performance within the constraints of a mobile form factor.

Going by the image, the 5G smartphone is seen sporting a horizontally aligned dual camera setup on the rear alongside vertically aligned dual-LED flash. Also, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon logo at the bottom. Hanna also mentions that the handset is designed to support multi-mode 2G/3G/4G/5G.

Recently at the 2017 Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit, the company announced their first successful demonstration of a 5G data connection on a single-chip 5G modem – the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem. In its demo, Qualcomm was able to establish a 5G connection with over 1 gigabit per second download speeds as well as over-the-air- connection via a tiny 28GHz mmWave antenna module.

Interestingly, the International Telecommunication Union is yet to come up with the standards of 5G. However, according to Hanna, the first 5G spec definition will be completed by this December, by the 3GPP. If that is the case, we can expect the 5G technology to be available for general users by the year 2020 at the latest.

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Kiran Fernandes | Goa
October 31, 2017 11:37 pm 11:37 PM
Here’s what I fail to understand…. Frequency bands of 2GHz and above find it really hard to penetrate building walls, and are a problem in cities with many buildings. Now, 5G will be using something called mmWave or millimeter Wave, and these frequencies are in the range of 3GHz to something above 50GHz. I’m confused as how they are gonna enable 5G in these frequencies if 4G on 2300MHz or 2.3GHz is really bad in the cities. Most of the time you are latching on the best frequency band, that is 850MHz on Jio. Looks like these towers, small cells… Read more »
Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 1, 2017 8:17 pm 8:17 PM

I had a feeling 5G would start by using LiFi. They were showing some demonstrations earlier that LiFi can send gigabits of data in a tiny beam of light. But seems like that’s not gonna happen anytime soon because they have again fixed radio frequencies for 5G.

Abhishek chatterjee
November 1, 2017 11:50 pm 11:50 PM

New technology invented “Twisted light”.

Twisted light could make wireless data faster than fiber. Potentially replacing today’s fiber optics and creating a much faster internet.

Atheist 4G
November 1, 2017 6:10 am 6:10 AM

I guess Jio will run on 4G and 5G. Indoors u will get 4G and outdoors 5G. 3G is already on death bad. And by 2020 even 2G will die now I suppose.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 1, 2017 1:11 pm 1:11 PM

2g has to die before 2020 because it’s useless without iuc. All operators are gonna do that. 3g too.

Sunny | Lucknow
November 1, 2017 1:52 am 1:52 AM

5G users might need some accessories for better reception. Just thinking out of the box.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 1, 2017 12:35 pm 12:35 PM

Lol that pic got deleted. Yeah every household will need a powerful receiver cum transmitter for indoor 5g coverage.

Sunny | Lucknow
November 1, 2017 5:22 pm 5:22 PM

We should get them some extra storage lol. Team please add a donation link.

Sunny | Lucknow
November 1, 2017 11:57 am 11:57 AM

TT should seriously bump its storage instead of running it on a 1 GB pen drive. Can’t even handle a 5 KB attachment which was removed making the comment pointless.

October 31, 2017 10:14 pm 10:14 PM

Welcome !!