5G underwhelmed in 2019 Will 2020 is Different?
Think: new chips, inexpensive devices and wider networks.
Last year, everyone talked about how 5G would change the world in 2019. The excitement level was high around the globe. Then, reality hit and Network faced hiccups and delays, user needed a map to find coverage and they ended up being confused.
At the third-annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii this year, Qualcomm collected every main US carrier, numerous handset makers and many other partners to promise one thing: 2020 will be different.
“5G will go tremendous during 2020," Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon claimed. He assumes that more than 200 million 5G smartphones will ship in 2020.
5G promises to meaningfully boost the speed, coverage and receptiveness of wireless networks. It can run 10 to 100 times quicker than a usual cellular connection today. It can boost a device to connect the network with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start download. It's the most noteworthy advancement in mobile network technology since the launch of 4G a decade ago.
"You could claim that 200 million could be special, particularly looking at China," Amon said in an interview on Tuesday.
That's a motivated declaration for a technology that's just getting started.
"I don't believe it's going to be typical," claimed Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi. "But by the end of 2020, we will have a tremendous feeling for living in a 5G world.”
According to Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of AT&T Mobility, "As we round the corner into '20, we're witnessing real placements of broad scale power, and we're seeing the device ecosystem gets started."
Phone makers that want to use the Snapdragon 865 and attach their devices to a 5G network must also purchase Qualcomm's X55 modem. Many market spectators had anticipated Qualcomm's newest high-end chip to incorporate 5G on the same chip as the application processor. When paired together, smartphones will be able to download data at up to 7.5Gbps
Samsung, the world's major phone maker, is one of the few companies to launch more than one 5G phone.
In 2020, the number of devices in general will jump. AT&T and T-Mobile both told CNET at the Snapdragon Tech Summit that they'll each launch at least 15 5G phones in 2020.
The cost of receiving 5G has been excessively high. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G both trade for $1,300, $400 and $200 more than the 4G alternatives, correspondingly.
Qualcomm's Amon, in the meantime, claimed that some Chinese companies are directing to launch 5G smartphones with the Snapdragon 765 that priced around 2,000 RMB (about $284).
"5G is an enormous enabler but it's that plus AI, reduction of electronics, software and hardware virtualization," Verizon's Palmer said. "After putting it all together, that's where this magic really begins. You start to view some things that looked advanced being possible in 2020."