Samsung, OnePlus’ 5G phones: 6 things you need to know now

Samsung, OnePlus' 5G phones: 6 things you need to know now

5G phones and networks are almost here, promising amazing feats like downloading entire TV seasons in minutes, and enabling cities full of driverless cars that talk to each other in real time. But the reality is that early 5G phones and networks won’t transform the way we use our phones and other devices overnight. Your carrier’s 5G service will roll out slowly, devices and service plans are sure to cost you, and it isn’t clear exactly how fast those speeds will run straight out the gate. So while the 5G future is inevitably on its way — and coming fast — it could get off to a rickety start. Here’s what you will and won’t get as 5G rolls out. 5G Android phones, not iPhone, will arrive early next year The race is on to be the first company with a 5G phone. Samsung , OnePlus and Motorola attended Qualcomm’s conference to talk up their plans to launch devices early next year. And Qualcomm provided a long list of other handset makers working on 5G — including Google, LG , Vivo and ZTE. Samsung said it will have a phone for Verizon , AT&T and other networks in the first half of the year and at least one more later in 2019 . And OnePlus’ upcoming 5G device for UK carrier EE will be the first smartphone in Europe to use the new Snapdragon 855 chipset . In August, Motorola revealed that in early 2019 it will release a 5G "Mod," or module , that attaches to the back of the Moto Z3 . The Mod will let it run on Verizon’s 5G network. By the 2019 holidays, every Android company working with Qualcomm on a phone for the US market will launch a flagship that has 5G , Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon told CNET. "Every Android vendor is working on 5G right now," he predicted. One company that may not have 5G next year is Apple . The company previously relied on Qualcomm for the wireless chips for its devices, but it’s worked with Intel over the past couple of years because of a patent licensing battle with Qualcomm . Reports have said Apple won’t offer a 5G iPhone until 2020 . Qualcomm’s 5G reference device will inspire phonemakers t follow suit. 5G phone speeds will be fast, but maybe not as fast as you hope Speeds of 10 to 100 times faster than today’s 4G LTE is a wide window. Although carriers swear that the results will be obvious the second you start using a 5G phone, don’t expect to get to 100 right away. Coverage could be spotty as networks spark up in one city at a time. If you’re one of the early adopters, initial speeds might roar to life, but if people buy 5G phones faster than the carriers can build out the networks, your connection could slow as the networks swell to capacity. Even over time, the theoretical speeds could outstrip real-world speeds […]

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