We get a sense of how the phone will work this week when companies reveal their proof of the concept at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii. The demonstration unit will be powered by Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules.
Verizon (who owns Engadgets parent company, Ed) launched its 5G broadband service in some cities in October, while it will push its 5G Ultra Wideband network live early next year. However, Samsung was expected to make some of its next wave of Galaxy 5G flagship phones ready.
But not all major phone companies seem to be the basis for moving to 5G at the beginning. Apple will apparently not bring its first 5G iPhones to market until 2020, partly because Intel does not want 5G modems ready for consumer products next year. By 2020, 5G is expected to be widely available in the United States, and many phone manufacturers and vendors will already force heavily on other devices, which means that Apple will probably play in catch. A report from Bloomberg however suggests that Apple is willing to take a risk by waiting until 5G network availability is more expansive.