Qualcomm is already working with phone companies and carriers to release 5G devices in 2019
5G is still just a glimmer on the horizon, but we’re continuing to make strides toward one day actually using the next-gen network, and Qualcomm has just made another big step forward. The company announced at its 5G Day event this week that it’s already working with a variety of phone manufacturers to release devices with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G NR modems in 2019. (5G NR, or 5G New Radio, is the “real” 5G specification currently undergoing standardization at the 3GPP.)
There are already 18 major companies on board — including Nokia / HMD, Sony, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, HTC, LG, Asus, ZTE, Sharp, and Fujitsu — although noticeably missing are the three largest phone manufacturers in the world: Apple, Huawei, and Samsung.