LG to launch 'first 5G smartphone' in 2019

Alfred Osborne
August 17, 2018

Every carrier now has a robust and mature 4G LTE network, so it's nearly time to start rolling out a new wireless standard. According to a joint press release issued today, LG will be delivering its first 5G smartphone in 2019 with the help of Sprint. Sprint, however, claims that it will be the first smartphone in the United States that will come with built-in 5G support, though Verizon will likely challenge that distinction, as it is planning to launch its own 5G smartphone. 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.

All Sprint can say is a "beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone" is coming, looking to "revolutionize the mobile industry" with "blazing fast speed and ultra-reliable wireless". One thing's for sure though, 5G smartphones are just around the corner! Apart from 5G, the new phone will also have the Snapdragon 855 chipset, better cameras, and other flagship features.

Sprint is the country's fourth largest operator and plans to launch 5G in nine cities - Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington DC - in 2019.

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"Building on LG's legacy of innovation, our teams are enthusiastic about partnering with Sprint's 5G experts to bring next-generation mobile to market in the USA, while continuing to evolve LG's best-in-class design elements for Sprint customers." said William Cho, LG Electronics North America President and CEO. Yes, change will be in usage as full-length HD movies will be downloaded in seconds that also with high graphics and play games with no lags whatsoever.

The race to enable 5G networks is on among carriers and manufacturers, as the technology is a huge step toward the future of the internet.

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