Samsung and Verizon announced on Monday that the two companies are working on a 5G smartphone and will launch in the first half of 2019. Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon Mobile Platform, including its new mobile processor, will power the smartphone.
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.
“5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other people in ways never thought possible,” said Brian Higgins, vice president, wireless device and product marketing at Verizon. “Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities. Now, we’re partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand.”
Samsung and Verizon will be attending Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii this week and will have a proof-of-concept phone using Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem on hand.
“Samsung offers end-to-end solutions that are accelerating the wide-scale adoption of 5G and help us realize our vision of a truly connected living,” said Justin Denison, senior vice president, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America.
Earlier this summer, Motorola was first to announce a 5G-compatible phone on Verizon’s 5G network. The Moto Z3, which is currently available for purchase, will be upgradable via an attachable add-on that will be released in early 2019.