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There's a little bit of 4G in your 5G, and other reasons why that 5G icon on your phone is going to suck

As the wireless industry likes to say, "5G is here" — from manufacturers with 5G capable phones, carriers with 5G networks, and the users who want to feel like they're on the bleeding edge because they're enjoying super-fast speeds. But that little "5G" icon in the status bars on their shiny new phones may not represent all the progress they've been promised.

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[Update: May 10 is new date] LG postpones release of the 5G V50 in South Korea over unspecified troubles

LG has announced that it will postpone sales of its first 5G smartphone in South Korea until further notice. The V50 ThinQ was scheduled for release on April 19, but it says concerns about customer satisfaction with how the device will perform on the new network are keeping it off the market.

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Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi begin 5G battle in Switzerland with new phones from May 1

Chinese manufacturers Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi are about to bring their first 5G phones to one of Europe's frontier battlegrounds for the new network technology: Switzerland. Swisscom is to launch sales of the OPPO Reno 5G from May 1 while Sunrise will sell the Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G starting May 2.

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[Case settled, 5GE indicator to remain] Mocked and now sued — AT&T taken to court by Sprint over misleading 5GE indicator

AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan won't be smiling now — while T-Mobile and Verizon calling out AT&T's "5GE" antics may have amused him, news of the federal lawsuit filed by Sprint against the company likely will not. In a strongly-worded complaint filed with the Southern District of New York, Sprint is looking to get AT&T to stop referring to its 4G LTE Advanced network by the misleading term 5G Evolution, or any other similar name with the words 5G in it.

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OnePlus 7 Pro and its smooth-as-heck display will arrive alongside OnePlus 7

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has launched the company's charm offensive in what appears to be the immediate lead-up to the launch of two smartphones: the conventional OnePlus 7 and the newly-christened OnePlus 7 Pro with 5G connectivity. Specifically, the executive is talking about the smooth display on the Pro version.

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5G won't let us control the weather, but it could make it harder to predict

Most of us have seen the ridiculous, pseudoscientific paranoia being spread about 5G, with charlatans alternately claiming it will cook you from the inside out, that it kills birds, that it's all means to control the weather, or that it's all a part of an elaborate, "deep state" conspiracy for... faster data? Well, it turns out, there may be at least one unanticipated, unintuitive side effect that mmWave 5G can have: it could mess up the accuracy of weather forecasts.

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Intel gives up on 5G modems because Qualcomm ate its Apple pie

Apple and Qualcomm have settled their patent and royalty disputes, paving the way for the latter's 5G modems to be installed on the former's smartphones in the year 2020 and beyond. Intel, which staked its hopes on swooping up a meaty iPhone modem contract, has folded upon itself, announcing that it is ending development of its 5G modems for smartphones.

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2011's problems, today: Reports say Galaxy S10 5G can't reacquire 5G signal without rebooting

It looks like the roll-out of 5G phones is hitting consumers much like the early days of 4G did, at least in South Korea. Galaxy S10 5G owners have complained to Samsung about connection troubles when their devices attempt to switch between 5G and 4G radios.

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Using Verizon's 5G wasn't the disaster I expected, but it's a long way from practical

Verizon flipped the switch on its 5G network last week, a few days earlier than it previously promised. This is the first commercial 5G network in the US that you can actually use (AT&T doesn't count), although you'll need the Moto Z3 and the pricey 5G Moto Mod. Carriers will spend the next several months hitting you over the head with 5G marketing, but is it all hype? I had a chance to take Verizon's millimeter wave 5G network for a spin, and it did work better than I expected in some ways. However, it's a long, long way from being a good experience.

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AT&T announces more 5G markets, still won't sell you a 5G device

AT&T was, by some measures, the first carrier to roll out 5G wireless services in late 2018. However, it still only has a single 5G device, a $500 Netgear hotspot you probably won't be allowed to buy. The carrier is rolling its 5G ghost town in seven more cities today, bringing its total to 19.

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