Qualcomm Technologies has disclosed the name of leading device makers who will be using the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem for launching 5G NR mobile devices in 2019.
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The following device makers are expected to bring out 5G mobile devices featuring the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem starting in 2019.
Fujitsu Connected Technologies
HMD Global – the home of Nokia phones
Main smartphone companies such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo / Motorola are not part of the list revealed by Qualcomm. Apple, Samsung and Huawei are the top three smartphone companies in the world.
Qualcomm said these OEMs are working to commercialize 5G mobile devices for the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum bands starting in 2019 based on Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem, the first commercially announced 5G modem solution.
Intel is yet to announce similar 5G deals with device makers.
“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to helping our customers deliver 5G experiences to consumers, which requires enhanced mobile broadband 5G NR connectivity enabled by 5G NR networks, mobile devices and the Snapdragon X50 5G modem,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies.
5G use cases include enhanced mobile broadband to smartphones; Always Connected PCs; head-mounted displays (HMD) for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and extended reality (XR); and Mobile Broadband.
ASUS Corporate Vice President Eric Chen said, “ASUS is proud of our strong relationship with Qualcomm Technologies and creating the best mobile and Always Connected PC experiences for our users.”
HMD Global – the home of Nokia phones:
Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer, HMD Global said, “5G will be the catalyst for the introduction of innovative data devices and services in the coming years. It will completely change the kind of experiences consumers would expect from their devices.”
Adrian Tung, senior vice president, HTC, said: “5G will enable not just the mobile experiences of tomorrow, but also the conversion of mobility with VR, AR, and many other immersive technologies.”
“Novatel Wireless is excited to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies to bring 5G NR solutions to the market. We believe 5G technology will fundamentally change the economics of broadband data and introduce many new business models for our customers,” said Dan Mondor, chief executive officer, Inseego.
“As evidenced by our track records of 4G LTE technology leadership and work with global partners such as Qualcomm Technologies, LG offers deep expertise and leadership in wireless technology which will enable us to launch 5G NR smartphones, taking the consumer mobile experience to another level,” said Kim In-Kyung, senior vice president and head of network technology, LG Electronics Mobile.
“eMBB (Enhanced Mobile Broadband) is likely to be one of the early use cases for 5G and is a natural evolution of NetComm Wireless’ Fixed Wireless strategy, leveraging our expertise in high data rate broadband services,” said Steve Collins, chief technical officer, NetComm Wireless.
Andy Wu, vice president, OPPO, said: “OPPO will utilize the latest technologies, including the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem chipset in the future, to build smartphones with faster connectivity, superior photo quality, better power-saving performance and more fashionable designs for global consumers.”
“5G brings impressive new capabilities, 10 times more radio spectrum and, for the first time, the new wireless generation offers true co-existence with the previous one – 4G LTE, LTE-M and NB-IoT,” said Philippe Guillemette, chief technology officer, Sierra Wireless. “With this added capacity and seamless migration path, there has never been a better time for our networking, PC OEM, automotive and IoT customers alike to deploy new applications.”
“Sony Mobile has been continuously evolving mobile communication and entertainment on our Xperia products,” said Izumi Kawanishi, director, executive vice president, product business group, Sony Mobile Communications.
“As we approach the start of 5G global rollout, the importance of timeliness, quality, richness, flexibility and reliability of the base technology we select for our IoT modules grows exponentially,” said Yossi Moscovitz, president products and solutions, Telit.
Jesse Shi, senior vice president, vivo, said: “vivo is honored to be one of the first to utilize the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem chipset to optimize our mobile devices, in an attempt to commercialize amazing 5G smartphones for global consumers in 2019.”
Xuezheng Zhang, chairman, Wingtech, said: “On the path towards 5G, Wingtech is now collaborating with ecosystem partners including Qualcomm Technologies, to support innovative use cases and cutting-edge devices.”
“As an early adopter of 5G technologies, WNC is excited to apply our expertise in mmWave and 4G as a foundation to develop this X50 modem into 5G NR CPE products that are always connected and perform at high speeds and low latency,” said Jeffrey Gau, chief executive officer, WNC.
Bin Lin, co-founder and president, Xiaomi, said: “5G will bring broader opportunities for the whole Xiaomi smart industry chain, and we will collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies to lead a new era of Internet of Things and in-depth human-machine interaction.”
“5G will provide at least ten-times peak data rate of 4G networks, with milliseconds of latency and hundreds of billions of device connectivity capability,” said Lixin Cheng, chief executive officer, ZTE Mobile Devices.