LG and Sprint to Ship First 5G-Equipped Smartphone in 2019

LG and Sprint to Ship First 5G-Equipped Smartphone in 2019

Its deployment of Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (Massive MIMO) radios ahead of the launch of 5G is under way, with Sprint saying it "continues to expect to launch the first mobile 5G network in the USA in the first half of 2019". Notably, Qualcomm in a release earlier this year had confirmed that it was working with several original equipment manufacturers including LG to launch 5G smartphones next year.

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LG will announce device specifications and exact timing later. Details, however, were scarce as of the announcement on Tuesday.

The 5G smartphone by LG will be customized to work with Sprint's proposed 5G network, but it will also be compatible with T-Mobile's existing 4G network, according to Sprint director of product development John Tudhope. "And we're excited to revolutionize the mobile industry as we dramatically improve the way Sprint customers work, play and stay connected".

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Last month, Sprint introduced new unlimited wireless plans bundled with video streaming platform Hulu and music streaming service Tidal, in an effort to attract more customers with media content. It is 100 percent a truly integrated smartphone that we think will be the first of its kind.

Since the launch is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2019, we reckon it will be the successor to the LG G7 ThinQ. Samsung said its first 5G phone will not be the upcoming flagship Galaxy S10.

The Korean electronics giant also said it will make this partnership a stepping stone in expanding its 5G business in the North American region in a statement. Sprint is one of the largest cellular operators in the United States. The list of the cities to get 5G connectivity include-Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington DC.

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