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Qualcomm's new X55 modem will make 5G phones thinner and more widely available... in 2020

While the first 5G smartphones won't even be on the market for months, Qualcomm isn't wasting any time announcing its next-generation 5G modem (yes, already), the Snapdragon X55. The X55 is, basically, going to be the first globally viable 5G modem on the market when it begins shipping at the end of 2019, because it's the first one to support all the various known incarnations of 5G and offer 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, and CDMA in a single chip.

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[Update: Higher-res image] Sprint's LG V50 ThinQ reminds you about its 5G capabilities with an unsightly yellow logo on the back

LG's last few V-series phones have been pretty similar to each other, but it looks like the upcoming V50 is going to have something special up its sleeve: 5G. A leaked photo of the Sprint V50 from Evan Blass reveals that the phone will have 5G capabilities, and given the giant yellow logo on the back, it isn't shy about it.

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Weekend poll: Are you interested in buying a first-generation 5G phone?

Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and with it will come a slew of new smartphone launches. Among those new phones will be the world's very first 5G handsets (and phones with 5G enabled via big plastic bricks slapped on the back), and we know a few things about them. Namely: they're going to be expensive, and for a good long while you might struggle to even find a place to utilize any of that 5G capability. Oh, and they're also probably going to be covered in super tacky branding.

That all said, the phones will come, and we know Samsung, LG, OnePlus, and Motorola are all on-board.

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[Update: Teaser image] Huawei will launch its foldable-screen 5G smartphone at MWC

Move over, notch. 2019 is all about 5G and foldable screens — the two buzzwords we keep hearing at every event, with every major announcement, and in every teaser. Not knowing which one to pick, Huawei seems to have decided on landing a double-punch by teasing the world's "first" 5G smartphone with a foldable display, to be revealed at MWC in Barcelona.

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Ready or not, 5G will probably be the death of these 3 smartphone companies

5G is either the biggest change to our wireless world in decades or the most overhyped marketing spin from carriers in as long - and it all depends on just who you’re asking. Cynical tech journalists like me have real reason to downplay the technology’s importance and relevance to ordinary consumers, but we needn’t get into all that here. Carrier and phone manufacturers, meanwhile, believe it will usher in a new age of devices and use cases we can’t yet fully imagine. The reality is probably somewhere in the middle - closer to the cynical end, I’d argue! - but I think regardless of how 5G plays out, it means very bad things for struggling phone manufacturers.

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Huawei takes on Qualcomm with better, faster 5G chip and home router

Huawei hosted a conference in Beijing today to showcase its upcoming 5G products: the Balong 5000, which it claims is the world's fastest 5G chip, and the 5G CPE Pro, a powerful home router. With these devices, the Chinese manufacturer is aiming at becoming a reference in 5G chips, and is trying to dethrone Qualcomm with a more powerful product.

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LG to announce its first 5G phone on February 24

5G is the hot new trend in mobile technology, and even if 5G doesn't currently provide much of a tangible benefit over LTE, phone companies are still rushing to meet the expected consumer demand. LG already said its first 5G phone would launch on Sprint in the first half of 2019, and now the company has set an official reveal date: February 24th.

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Qualcomm to power more than 30 5G mobile devices in 2019, most being smartphones

5G is on track to replace "blockchain" as the peak inbox-filtering marketing buzzword of 2019. But before all these Gs at CES drive you into too much overload, we've got a few more related announcements to discuss, like the fact that Qualcomm expects to see "more than 30 commercial 5G mobile devices" land using company's hardware this year, and that the majority of them will be phones.

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Sprint plans to offer a Samsung 5G phone by this summer

5G is all the rage right now, with AT&T already rushing to plaster "5G Evolution" (read: enhanced 4G LTE) indicators on its current phones. Some carriers are waiting out for real 5G, though, and Sprint is one of them. The company today confirmed that it's planning to sell a 5G phone from Samsung by summer 2019.

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AT&T starts rolling out updates with fake '5G Evolution' icon, just as promised

Most of you are probably familiar with AT&T's very misleading initiative to dub an enhanced version of 4G LTE "5G Evolution." As the top comment on that post predicted, the "5G E" icon has begun to roll out very quickly, already hitting both the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy S8 active less than two weeks after the announcement.

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