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For a short period of time, it appeared as though OnePlus had scored a big victory in the smartphone wars, having apparently negotiated a deal to be the first phone maker to implement Qualcomm's new flagship Snapdragon 855 processor into an upcoming handset. OnePlus was to be the first to feature the new chip, the company's CEO Pete Lau announced on stage at Qualcomm's event in Hawaii. Unfortunately for OnePlus, something got lost in translation. The original slides that OnePlus put together for Qualcomm's Tech Summit said the handset OnePlus planned to release in 2019 would be "among the first"... Read more...
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit is currently underway in Maui, Hawaii, and we are lucky enough to be in attendance. During this yesterday’s opening keynote address, Qualcomm officially announced its upcoming Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and today the company provided much more technical detail on the platform. In addition to showcasing its own technologies, however, Qualcomm also brought out an array of partners to talk about the impending 5G wireless roll-out. Over the last couple of days, representatives from AT&T, Verizon, BT Group, One Plus, and Samsung all took to the stage... Read more...
We're hearing a lot about the future of wireless connectivity, and specifically 5G, but when will it happen on a mass scale? Two things need to occur—wireless carriers need to aggressively roll out and expand their 5G networks, and phone makers have to implement compatible hardware. Android device makers are powerless when it comes to the former, but as for the hardware, Qualcomm says "every Android vendor is working on 5G right now." It's been a little slow going so far, mainly because there is no need to drive up the cost of a phone by implementing hardware that, for the most part, won't... Read more...
As much hype as there is surrounding 5G connectivity, it will likely be several years before the faster wireless standard becomes commonplace. That day can't arrive fast enough, as far as we're concerned. The same goes for Inseego, formerly Novatel Wireless, which is working with Verizon to accelerate the roll out and adoption of 5G connectivity. Inseego's relationship with Verizon goes back a long way. The company developed and sold a MiFi hotspot when Verizon first started deploying its 4G LTE network several years ago. Now it's doing the same thing, only with 5G—Inseego today unveiled... Read more...
If you were expecting to purchase a 5G-equipped iPhone late next year, you're going to be disappointed. Following up on two previous reports that suggested that Apple won't release a 5G capable iPhone until 2020, another fresh report seemingly adds credence to those rumors. Bloomberg says that the delay in launching 5G smartphones is two-fold. The first issue stems from the fact that Apple is currently feuding with Qualcomm, which has traditionally been Apple's primary supplier for LTE modem chips in its iPhone and iPads. However, patent licensing issues have... Read more...
The 5G wireless revolution is just getting started here in the United States. Verizon recently launched fixed 5G wireless service in select markets, and mobile 5G wireless networks will be operational later this month. Now, Verizon and hardware partner Samsung have announced that they will roll out "one of the first" production 5G wireless smartphones during the first half of 2019. Prior to that commercial launch, Verizon says that it will be showing off a proof of concept reference smartphone platform that will use Qualcomm's latest mobile SoC in conjunction with the Snapdragon... Read more...
Is the long-running legal feud between Qualcomm and Apple coming to an end? It just might be according to recent comments by Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf. The two companies have been duking it out in court for well over a year concerning LTE modem licensing fees and patents relating to mobile devices, and neither has shown any signs of backing down. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf However, we all know that there are backchannel communications between companies -- even during a dispute as bitter and public as the one between these two tech giants. With that in mind, Mollenkopf... Read more...
It looks as though Samsung is going all-out for the tenth anniversary of its flagship Galaxy S family. According to a fresh report out today, there will be no less than four versions of the upcoming Galaxy S10. There will reportedly be a phone codenamed Beyond 0, which will serve as a low-cost entry-level model. There will also be a Beyond 1 and Beyond 2, which will allegedly replace the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ respectively. However, what everyone will likely have their eyes on has the codename Beyond X. This smartphone will reportedly feature a massive 6.7-inch display (compared to a reported... Read more...
T-Mobile is once again thumping its chest over its accomplishments with the push towards a 5G wireless future. Today, the company announced that it has completed the world's first 5G transmission test using low-frequency 600MHz spectrum -- and of course, the company took the time to needle its competitors in the process. By using 600MHz spectrum, T-Mobile says that it can cover hundreds of square miles with a single tower instead of just a few square miles at best (which is currently possible with millimeter wave technology). T-Mobile achieved this feat with its hardware partner Nokia in... Read more...
Samsung isn't the only major smartphone OEM looking to rock a folding smartphone in the coming months. Huawei previously announced its plans to release a similar smartphone, and we're now hearing that development on the device has been completed. Huawei patent filings for a folding smartphone According to ET News, Huawei has shown finalized prototypes to South Korean wireless carriers who will be tasked with pushing the phones to customers. In a move that will allow Huawei to one-up Samsung's Galaxy F, this folding smartphone will have integrated 5G support. In this instance, the... Read more...
Companies are racing to deploy 5G networks and expanding their product and service portfolios for the upcoming era of high-speed wireless connectivity. In an attempt to stay ahead of the curve, Verizon Communications announced a new operating structure consisting of three "customer-facing areas," those being Consumer, Business, and Verizon Media Group / Oath. Image Source: Flickr via Mike Mozart Verizon is essentially breaking into three business segments so that each one can be hyper-focused on their respective market. The underlying goal for all three is to tap into the emerging 5G landscape.... Read more...
The first 5G networks in the United States are lighting up as we close out 2018, and should begin to slowly spread across the country in 2019. At the same time, smartphone manufacturers are gearing up for the 5G revolution, with a number of players expected to launch 5G smartphones during Q1 2019. One major player that won't have a 5G smartphone during 2019 and for the majority of 2020 is Apple. According to a new report from Fast Company, Apple's first 5G iPhone won't arrive until 2020, a little under two years from now. As you may recall, Apple typically launches... Read more...
People across the country are using LTE 4G networks today, but soon those networks will be replaced with faster networks using 5G technology. Most major wireless carriers in the U.S. are gearing up for 5G rollout with some carriers expecting to launch their networks in a few cities this year, and others looking to 2019 for 5G rollout. AT&T recently predicted that 5G rollout might mean that smartphones go back to being carrier locked due to the lack of technology allowing the different 5G frequencies to be supported in a single modem. AT&T has announced a 5G mobile hotspot that will be the... Read more...
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is finally here, and it's a beauty. The Android device features a bezel-less design with a lofty 93 percent screen-to-body ratio. Xiaomi was able to achieve this by ditching the display notch that has become increasingly popular with Android flagships (to the chagrin of many). In its place, Xiaomi has designed a slider mechanism in which the entire back panel of the smartphone slides up revealing dual selfie cameras. The primary camera uses a 24MP Sony IMX576 sensor, while a secondary 2MP sensor is used for depth of field effects. The slider is not motorized, so it slides up... Read more...
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