It is assumed that in 2019, the first smartphones will appear, which will support new generation cellular networks, namely 5G. That’s why chipset manufacturers are working intensively on new chipsets that will be equipped with modems that support the new technology. Among them is also Samsung, which is currently working on the Exynos 9820 chipset and the 5G radio chip.
We sometimes learn from quite interesting sources about projects that the world’s giants of new technologies are working on. This time, this type of information comes from a Samsung employee who on his professional profile has praised the projects he is working on. By the way, we found out what projects the Korean giant is working on. The mysterious employee of Samsung joined the work on the Exynos 9810 chipset, which is in the Galaxy S9, in February 2017. However, the Exynos 9820 project was at the same stage of development in January this year. Therefore, the most likely scenario assumes that this chipset will be used only in Galaxy S10, and Note 9 will have Exynos 9810 SoC. The same person is also working on firmware for the 5G modem since May last year.
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Samsung will be one of the few manufacturers that will independently develop the first 5G smartphones
Samsung has one significant advantage over Apple and other producers of Android smartphones. Koreans are working on 5G technology on many levels. Samsung engineers work both on 5G base stations and chipsets for mobile devices. Other manufacturers depend on the progress of Qualcomm and Intel. It is not yet clear what the first devices using the new technology will look like. Chief Executive of AT & T (one of the largest operators in the United States) two months ago believed that at the beginning we will see 5G routers and USB-connected modems. However, 2 weeks ago, Qualcomm showed a working prototype of the device size of a smartphone, which is equipped with a 5G modem supporting the 28 GHz millimeter band. In turn, Samsung, a few days later, boasted successful 5G tests, during which prototype versions of tablets using the new technology were used.
Recently there have been rumours in the network suggesting that Galaxy Note 9 will be the first smartphone equipped with a 5G modem. However, it is practically impossible. Perhaps the first smartphone supporting the new technology will be Galaxy S10. It will definitely be equipped with an even faster LTE modem, but hardly anyone expects 5G smartphones in the first quarter of 2019. A much more likely scenario assumes that 5G devices will appear in the third or even the fourth quarter of next year. That’s why I suspect that the Samsung Galaxy smartphone with the 5G modem will be Galaxy Note 10.