Qualcomm today announced a partnership with major mobile phone manufacturers such as Asus, HMD Global (Nokia seller), LG, Sony Mobiles, Xiaomi, etc. for the launch of 5G-enabled smartphones.

These companies will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem suite in their phones to make them 5G capable.

The first wave of 5G-enabled phones is expected to hit the global market by 2019 end.

dopting 5G technology is on the mind of the government

5G technology got a special mention in the Union Budget 2018 earlier this month.

In a bid to improve India’s capacity to adopt the technology, the government has proposed setting up 5G centres across India with the help of IIT-Madras.

5G technology, which affects devices beyond smartphones, is expected to revolutionize communications, and allow for a whole host of new possibilities.

ImpactThe effect of 5G will be felt across various sectors

5G technology allows for multi-gigabit per second data transfer rates, and very low latency.

It’s said to be 10 times faster than 4G, and can download high-resolution video content like 4K movies in less than 30 seconds.

Owing to low latency, 5G is expected to drive data-hogging technologies like augment reality, virtual reality, internet-of-things etc., and will impact robotics, smart cities, education, healthcare etc.