International chip manufacturer Qualcomm has announced that it expects the first 5G compliant handsets to be released in two waves next year, the first being made available early 2019. The second wave, as Qulcomm’s CEO recently announced at the 5G summit in Hong Kong, will be made available in the lead up to Christmas 2019.
But that’s not all the news from Qualcomm… The chip maker who has spent years working to miniaturise 5G components, also announced that it has achieved a 25% reduction in the size of its 5G millimetre wave antenna – said to be fundamental parts of an early 5G handset.
Back in July Qualcomm unveiled the world’s first fully-integrated 5G NR millimetre wave (mmWave) and sub-6 GHz RF modules for smartphones and other mobile devices. Though it professed to be very compact, Qualcomm has since said device makers could include up to four antennas to prevent signal loss in handheld devices.
News of Qualcomm’s ability to reduce the size of its 5G millimetre wave antennas by 25%, will be welcomed; with the need for shrinking bezels and the standard size of a modern smartphone, it’s no surprise.
Since, Huawei has announced that it will launch its first 5G smartphone complete with a foldable, high definition screen in the middle of 2019.
In a talk at the World Economic Forum event in Tianjin, Ken Hu, the Chinese vendor’s rotating CEO, addressed the longer-term benefits of 5G technology; automated cars, smart manufacturing, sensors connecting a multitude of objects. But Hu insisted that the next generation of mobile technology will come much sooner. Saying, “The industry roadmap is for 5G smartphone launches next year… We’re going to launch our first [5G] smartphone in the middle of 2019.”
So with 5G handsets expected to be making an appearance early 2019, now is the time to start considering how 5G ready you are.