Smartphone users are ready for the next level of technology. Motorola took the first step to introduce 5G phones. They will use Qualcomm”s Snapdragon X50 modem with millimetric wave components.
Motorola’s recent press release claims they have launched the world’s first completely commercialized 5G handsets. Their Moto Z3 and 5G Moto Mod are both produced in collaboration with the chip producer Qualcomm.
During the latter part of this year, Verizon will introduce their latest 5G network. Motorola’s new 5G handsets will allow their users full access to this advanced network.
In Qualcomm’s press release, they specified that they’ve been working on this advanced network for several years. Both Motorola and Qualcomm gave statements pointing to the years of R&D that has gone into the development of this network.
The letter G mentioned in 5G represents the word generation. It represents a generation of wireless technology. The differentiation for each of the generations has been the speed of their data transmission. But as each new generation of technology develops, they are distinguished by a break in their method of encoding. Unfortunately, this makes them incompatible with the previous generation technology.
This technology began with the analog cellular, which was 1G. Afterwards, the 2G included CDMA, GSM, and TDMA, which were the first of the truly digital cellular technologies. The next generation, 3G, included EVDO, HSPA, and UMTS, and provided speeds up to a few megabits per second. The 4G technologies included aspects such as WiMAX and LTE. This step forward was truly an incompatible move forward, and they now reach up to several hundred megabits and even speeds of gigabits.
The introduction of the 5G presents three new variables:
- Higher speeds to allow for more data movement
- Lower latency to allow the network to be more responsive
- Much higher number of devices can be connected at once to allow more sensors and smart devices to be connected.
Verizon’s statements were clear and focused:
“This moment comes after years of arduous work with the rest of the mobile ecosystem, to bring to life a new “G”.
“It began with cutting-edge wireless R&D, leading to foundational inventions that have become part of the 5G standard, the world’s first 5G modem chip, advanced prototypes that made early interoperability testing with leading network infrastructure vendors possible, and most recently, the world’s first mmWave antenna modules for mobile devices.
“On this occasion, we are proud to have worked with Motorola on the development of the new moto z3 and 5G moto mod, the world’s first mobile device with access to Verizon’s upcoming mobile 5G network.”
Now, what does all this mean for the user? Motorola says that the new 5G handsets will provide “a new beginning for indulging in Video, working remotely and gaming in AR and VR.” Further, it will allow for more flexibility to connect more devices and sensors for a fully functional smart home.
Although the 5G advanced cellular network will begin its rollout toward the end of this year, it may only reach full coverage in the United States by 2020. This technology will be a boost for gaming, self driving cars, and smart cities. Although 5G is just starting out, the potential is huge as it goes through a greater evolutionary process of development. Then, we will see more implementation of smart homes and cities that we have only dreamed about. Now, it is about to become a reality
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