2019 has been flooded with the announcement for 5G phones. The recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) that concluded in Barcelona saw Huawei and OnePlus announce the release of 5G smartphone among other prominent companies.
5G is a relatively new concept and only covers a limited range in some cities in Europe and America at the moment. But with the massive potential of this new technology, it is set to revolutionize our world in more ways than one.
Samsung, who is the world’s biggest smartphone maker in terms of market share, has revealed plans for releasing two 5G smartphones in its standalone event in San Francisco just before the MWC tool place.
A roundup of all the latest 5G smartphone sees Huawei coming out with the most expensive device priced at a whopping $2,600, dubbed the Mate X which is one of the industry’s first foldable smartphone. Samsung is not lagging behind either, announcing the Galaxy Fold which is another 5G device priced at a more reasonable $1,980. Xiaomi has also released a 5G smartphone, dubbed the Mi Mix 3 5G which comes at a more affordable price tag of $680, although it is considered to be a mid-range device. OnePlus is yet to reveal the price of its first 5G device.
Phone manufacturers are hoping that the hype around 5G would help to rejuvenate the phone industry and kick start the stagnant smartphone market. Smartphone sales have stopped growing in recent years, and many believe it is due to the price of hike of flagship devices among other factors.
Recent reports suggest that maker of iPhones is not in a rush to release a 5G version of its flagship anytime soon, and so Android equipment manufacturers will get to rule the market for the moment. Apple is known to full-proof its technologies before releasing it to the market, and so the company is aiming to launch a 5G device sometime in 2020.
5G is the next generation of phone technology that will propel the industry to new heights and usher in a new wave of innovation. Chip manufacturers like Qualcomm have already announced their support for the technology behind 5G and are working closely with smartphone manufacturers to create the next generation of devices.
Despite the over-enthusiasm of CEOs in the phone industry, consumers are still not jumping behind the hype train of 5G. People are more amazed at phone features rather than phone connectivity, and 5G is still under development in most countries. Once the technology can be deployed on a national level, more and more people will begin to adopt this technology and buy new devices.
The full extent of the 5G features in phones are still under development, and it will take some time before phone manufacturers can utilize the full potential of this technology.
Industry insiders believe that 5G will boost the growth of the smartphone market once the price point of the devices that carry this technology lowers to affordable levels. With lower latency and up to 100 times the speed of current 4G LTE networks, 5G will enable the next internet revolution to take place.