You didn't really think that AT&T was gonna sit by and let Verizon hog the limelight with 5G announcements, did you? Of course not. Yesterday, Verizon announced that it would be bringing a Samsung smartphone to market during the first half of 2019 with 5G connectivity. Today, AT&T parroted that move with an announcement of its own.
Unfortunately, like the Verizon press release from yesterday, AT&T is incredibly light on details with regards to the phone and the 5G modem that will be used. However, we're confident that the smartphone in question is the unannounced flagship Galaxy S10, while these U.S. market devices will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem.
While we're still probably months away from seeing any official details from Samsung on the Galaxy S10, we're likely to hear a lot more about the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem this week at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit, which is being held in Maui, Hawaii.
“5G is going to be about more than just a network. Customers will eventually be able to connect in near real-time to unforeseen possibilities,” said David Christopher, president of AT&T Mobility and Entertainment. “Together with Samsung, we plan to bring the best in technology and innovation to our customers. The future we imagine with 5G is just beginning, and it is a great time to be a consumer.”
AT&T is prepared to light up its first 5G network in the following cities later this month: Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C. Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio and Waco, Texas. Customers will be able to connect to the network using the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, which also happens to use the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem.
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