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The Motorola One 5G UW is the latest Verizon phone with an inflated price thanks to mmWave

The Motorola One 5G UW is the latest Verizon phone with an inflated price thanks to mmWave

Earlier this year, Motorola launched the Motorola One 5G internationally, and we all thought it looked like a nifty phone that we'd like to see in the US. Motorola obliged and even said it would offer the device for under $500. The AT&T version launched some weeks back for $444.99, but Verizon isn't bound by Moto's promise. Big Red just unveiled the Motorola One 5G UW, and wouldn't you know it, it's priced at $550.

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mmWave 5G is facing more uncertainty than ever

mmWave 5G is facing more uncertainty than ever

Millimeter wave 5G hasn't had an easy time of it, as a technology. It's been panned for fickle connectivity, extremely limited coverage, and being too thinly-deployed to even meaningfully use (not to mention the absolute nonsense conspiracies some people are spreading about it). It doesn't help that mmWave only has one truly active booster in the United States—Verizon. The company says its existing plans for 5G mmWave deployments around the country haven't changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the current crisis raises a valid question: if we won't be gathering in large groups for the foreseeable future—let alone in stadiums or concert halls—does mobile mmWave even make sense anymore, and did it ever?

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Verizon's OnePlus 8 isn't compatible with regular OnePlus 8 cases

Verizon's OnePlus 8 isn't compatible with regular OnePlus 8 cases

We already knew that the Verizon version of the OnePlus 8 was unique in having mmWave support, when the unlocked version of the phone doesn't, but it turns out that's not the only hardware difference. The Verizon OnePlus 8 also puts its volume rocker in a slightly lower position, apparently to make room for a mmWave antenna. That means you'll need to make sure cases you buy are made specifically for the Verizon version of the phone.

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LG V60 ThinQ Dual Screen review: Low-key flagship with a smart price

LG V60 ThinQ Dual Screen review: Low-key flagship with a smart price

LG's got a new design language in the works — a fresh take on its phones that's supposed to usher the company into this decade with a clean look and some updated thinking towards flagship hardware. But before we turn the page to that next chapter, we've still got its first big 2020 launch to check out, the 5G-equipped, Dual Screen, 865-packing LG V60 ThinQ.

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AT&T will start rolling out its mmWave 5G network along the S20 launch

AT&T will start rolling out its mmWave 5G network along the S20 launch

There are two types of 5G networks: The ultra-fast, 2Gbps mmWave technology most prominently deployed by Verizon, and the barely-faster-than-4G sub-6GHz system that has a much better range and penetration than its faster sibling. AT&T has been offering the latter since late 2019 in a few cities, but it now has announced that it will also open its own mmWave network to the public starting Friday, calling it "5G+."

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The US will probably miss out on a lot of great 5G phones next year — here's why

The US will probably miss out on a lot of great 5G phones next year — here's why

The 5G phones are finally coming fast and furious. For example, Samsung's newly-announced Galaxy A90 5G brings some of the best of Samsung's smartphone know-how and 5G at a much more palatable price point. There's just one little catch: it's probably not going to be compatible with the majority of 5G networks in the US. And it definitely won't be the last such 5G phone that doesn't end up in the US this year or next as a result.

For a variety of reasons, most US carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon) have chosen to bank a significant part of their 5G efforts on a technology called millimeter wave, which is commonly abbreviated in the industry as 'mmWave.'

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

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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Qualcomm shrinks mmWave antenna ahead of 5G handset reveals in 2019

Qualcomm shrinks mmWave antenna ahead of 5G handset reveals in 2019

 

5G is coming. That's a line you've no doubt read countless times by now. But just as it begins to ring false (like a wireless tech version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf), it's also more accurate than ever. In July, Qualcomm revealed new antenna for mmWave spectrum — the finnicky, high-frequency stuff that's crucial to 5G. These antenna modules were actually small enough for practical use in smartphones, a major milestone. Today at its 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, the chipset maker announced that it shrunk a version of those antenna modules by 25 percent, and that consumers can expect to see them in action in commercial 5G devices in early 2019.

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Samsung's multi-mode Exynos Modem 5100 offers 5G and 4G LTE in one chip

Samsung's multi-mode Exynos Modem 5100 offers 5G and 4G LTE in one chip

In the ongoing battle to be at the forefront of 5G, Samsung has shot into a prominent position with the Exynos Modem 5100. The electronics company and chipset manufacturer today revealed a mobile modem built to the newest 3GPP-official 5G standards that features not only 5G functionality (using both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum), but also support for legacy wireless technology from 4G LTE all the way back to 2G GSM/CDMA.

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T-Mobile partners with Nokia in $3.5 billion 5G network deal

T-Mobile partners with Nokia in $3.5 billion 5G network deal

T-Mobile has announced that it's partnered with Nokia to build its 5G mobile network. The carrier will pay Nokia $3.5 billion for "its complete end-to-end 5G technology, software and services portfolio." T-Mobile called the agreement a multiyear deal, but doesn't go into specifics, saying only that the two companies will work together "in the critical first years of the 5G cycle."

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