The next generation of mobile networks has been talked about – 5G – for a while, but by 2018, the first 5G systems will be deployed, although there are still many limits.
Of course, mobile manufacturers must also catch up with technology. The following year, we will see the first 5G smartphones available on the market, including at least one Samsung device (not the Galaxy S10) and another device co-produced by Sprint and LG.
What about Apple? Perhaps you will be excited to read here, but unfortunately, Apple will not launch a new iPhone X 5G support in the near future.
Remember the time when 4G LTE network appeared. At that time, Apple had been waiting for the 4G infrastructure to be ready to provide users with a relatively good 4G experience, which would be the first to offer the first 4G-enabled iPhone. It’s the iPhone 5, launched one year after the first LTE-enabled Android phones appeared. Even the first iPhone did not support 3G when it was introduced by Steve Jobs in the summer of 2007.
In other words, do not expect a 5G iPhone to be available next year. Instead, you will probably have to wait until 2020 as soon as possible!
On the Android side, vendors will not rush to launch large amounts of 5G support devices. A recent article from DigiTimes states that you should not buy 5G phones until 2021, although they will start shipping next year.
By 2020, 5G phones will account for 97% of the total number of high-end devices sold. Of the five phones sold in that year, almost 5G will be available. The DigiTimes article does not mention the iPhone, but most likely at this point, Apple will support 5G on all their iPhone models.
DigiTimes also lists a few issues that need to be addressed before smartphone makers are equipped with 5G modems for their devices, and these issues have nothing to do with supporting 5G from home. network. The problem lies in the antenna design and power consumption of the device:
“Because 5G smartphones support data transmission at millimeter wavelengths, which are short wavelength constraints and are easily blocked by objects, 5G smartphones need to be designed with 4 to 8 strips to enhance the ability to receive waves, resulting in larger sizes, more power consumption – these are new technological barriers to the production of 5G smartphones“.
In other words, mobile phone makers, including Apple, will have to make sure their devices maintain a stable 5G connection, while trying to keep 5G from becoming a “battery-killer”. . Perhaps you still remember that in 2011, when launched, 4G has caused terrible battery power loss for 4G support devices. Today, this problem has been solved by advances in technology, but it also takes a lot of time.
Wireless coverage is also an issue that needs to be addressed in the first year of deploying 5G. Manufacturers will limit the sale of 5G devices until mobile operators cover their 5G networks more widely. And deploying 5G to every market in the world will obviously take a very long time.