Sprint partners with LG to launch 5G smartphone in 2019

17 August, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Sprint and LG say they'll offer the first 5G phone in the first half of 2019

America's fourth-biggest carrier just announced it has parented up with LG to bring USA customers their first 5G phone.

Incidentally, Sprint is considering a $26 billion merger with rival T-Mobile US as part of its strategy to win in the 5G space.

The first commercial 5G networks will go live in the U.S. later in 2018, offering faster speeds, greater capacity and lower latency. No details of the new phone have been released beyond the fact that LG is developing it for the Sprint service. Sprint says speeds will be up to 10 times faster than current LTE standards; in a simulation in Frankfurt back in February, Qualcomm noted download speeds of 100 Mbps download speeds on 5G while LTE allowed for 8 Mbps.

William Cho, LG Electronics North America President, and CEO said the company is looking forward to expanding its 20-year-old partnership with Sprint through the 5G smartphone. After 4G, smartphone manufacturers are now battling it out to be the first at launching a 5G capable smartphone.

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"Sprint customers will be among the first in the world to experience the incredible speed, reliability and mobility of 5G on this innovative handset built for the country's first mobile 5G network when it launches in first half of next year", the US mobile carrier said. This is the second 5G phone announcement we've seen, after Motorola and Verizon unveiled a 5G add-on for the Motorola Z3 phone coming "early next year".

Sprint's 5G mobile network will initially launch in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington DC, though more markets across the country will have access to 5G through Sprint sometime later.

Notably, AT&T and Verizon are also aiming to have 5G networks and 5G enabled services and smartphones ready to go by 2019.

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