Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Sprint and LG Confirm 5G Smartphone in 2019, Sparse on Details

Sprint and LG Confirm 5G Smartphone in 2019, Sparse on Details

Every carrier now has a robust and mature 4G LTE network, so it's nearly time to start rolling out a new wireless standard.

LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday it will supply a fifth-generation (5G) network handset to US -based mobile carrier Sprint the first half of 2019, seeking to expand its presence the North American market. It also seems to solidifies the company's commitment of launching a 5G phone in the first half of the year. It'd be nice if there was more than one to choose from, and maybe we'll hear more from Sprint in the months ahead.

As we should all know by now, 5G is coming. Sprint only says the LG device will be a beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone capable of offering blazing fast speed and ultra-reliable wireless.

The takeaway here is that the first generation of devices that will function with 5G technology will be clunky and underdeveloped, compared to the current generation of smartphones working with 4G networks.

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"Sprint is moving fast on the road to 5G and we are thrilled to announce the first 5G smartphone with the innovative team at LG", said Sprint CTO Dr. John Saw in a statement.

LG North America President and CEO, William Cho, asserts the deal extends a 20 year partnership between the two companies, with "Sprint experts" a key component of LG's 5G push.

All four U.S. carriers have committed to launching mobile 5G networks by next year. Apart from 5G, the new phone will also have the Snapdragon 855 chipset, better cameras, and other flagship features.

Parts of Sprint's 5G network are due to go live in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington DC in the early part of next year, but as yet there are no phones that can take advantage of the high data speeds that the network will offer.

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