Earlier this month Qualcomm, the mobile chip making company announced that it has completed its first test of a 5G connection on a mobile device using the X50 5G modem. The company’s long march towards 5G(fifth-generation) technology has taken few steps forward by announcing the world’s first 5G smartphone which will be used to test 5G modems, radios, and networks.
After the company announced the reference design, a Twitter user with handle @sherifhanna has tweeted a picture of world’s first 5G smartphone. Sherif Hanna is the marketing lead for LTE and 5G NR Modems for Qualcomm.
The tweet included a picture of the 5G smartphone in his hand and a caption saying: “Hard to believe that I have the world’s first 5G smartphone in my hand!”
The image appears to be the back of the 5G phone which includes dual-cameras aligned horizontally and a vertically aligned dual LED flash. There’s a logo of Qualcomm Snapdragon at the bottom of the phone. The reference design of the phone released by the company features an edge-to-edge display which will be 9mm thick.
However, the phone in the picture is Qualcomm’s first mmWave 5G reference design which is designed to test and optimize the 5G mmWave performance for a mobile form factor. Qualcomm intends to release the 5G compatible smartphones in early 2019.
Earlier this month Qualcomm announced that the first 5G connection with a mobile phone was completed using the X50 5G modem and was performed on the 28GHz millimeter wave frequency band. The company said that the modem achieved gigabit speeds in this test, but it is capable of 5Gbps speeds once full 5G deployments are completed.
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