Verizon will start offering its first 5G smartphones in the first half of next year after announcing a new partnership with Samsung.
The two companies will unveil a proof of concept later this week, at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui.
The devices will run on a “Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver RF front-end and antenna elements", Verizon said.
5G represents a significant jump from 4G, offering higher mobile internet speeds and more bandwidth. It is expected to be the wind in the sails of IoT devices, autonomous driving and mobile video conferencing.
“5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other people in ways never thought possible,” said Brian Higgins, vice president, wireless device and product marketing at Verizon. “Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities. Now, we’re partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand.”
Verizon already has a working 5G commercial service, 5G home, which was launched in October in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, with a ‘rapid expansion’ on the cards.
“Samsung offers end-to-end solutions that are accelerating the wide scale adoption of 5G and help us realize our vision of truly connected living,” said Justin Denison, senior vice president, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “We’re proud to work alongside innovative partners like Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver a smartphone that will fundamentally transform how people work and play.”
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