Samsung, Verizon will partner on 5G smartphone in first half of 2019

From CNET: One of the world's first 5G phones will be coming to the US from Samsung and Verizon.

The two companies on Monday said they plan to bring a device able to tap into next-generation cellular technology to the US market in the first half of 2019. They didn't give details about what the device will look like, what it will be called or how much it will cost.

Instead, Samsung and Verizon plan to show off a concept device this week at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. The phone features Qualcomm's yet-to-be-unveiled mobile processor, as well as the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and Qualcomm antenna modules.

The phone "is the result of years of collaboration to deploy an end-to-end solution for commercial 5G services using Samsung network equipment and personal devices," the companies said in a press release.

The phone is the latest trickle of news for 5G, which is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It promises to make phones upload and download data 10 to 100 times faster than the typical 4G LTE network today. That could mean downloading movies in seconds, rather than minutes.

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