Lenovo Reckons it'll be the First Company to Release a 5G-Ready Smartphone

By Tom Pritchard on at

2018 is already on the decline, and as we head into 2019 we have to start thinking about what's going to happen with 5G. The first networks are currently aiming to launch next year, but they'll be absolutely worthless without 5G-capable devices already on the shelves. So phone companies have yet another thing on their to do lists, but Lenovo doesn't want to procrastinate. It reckons it'll be the first company to sell a 5G smartphone.

Those plans were revealed on Chinese social media site Weibo by Chang Cheng, one of Lenovos VPs. Apparently the phone will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset, with the aim of releasing it in late 2018 or early 2019. But that's about all that was revealed.

It's probably going to be a while before we see such a phone, particularly since Qualcomm hasn't actually unveiled the Snapdragon 855 and isn't expected to do so until the Snapdragon Summit in December. If Lenovo wants to be the world first it's likely that an announcement and launch would come shortly afterwards. It's not a huge window, but it'd have to be before CES when other companies will likely have lots of 5G announcements to make.

OnePlus and Huawei have already confirmed they have plans to launch some sort of 5G-ready phone early next year, plus several other companies have announced their intention to support the new networks. Not that it actually matters who's first. 5G phones won't offer anything special until those networks come online, and even then you'll have to make sure you have the right phone plan and live in the right area.

But hey, at least they're planning ahead. [TechRadar]

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