We are on the verge of the 5G network revolution
, but it won't be televised, as there won't be grand download speed increases compared to what current LTE networks are capable of, at least in the initial 5G iteration. The new standard mostly brings latency and load distribution upgrades, meaning that you can hook up many more connected devices on the same tower with minimal impact.
When it comes to speeds, though... those theoretical 20Gbps can only be hit in lab conditions with frequencies that aren't widespread, whereas the more realistic scenarios are derived from Qualcomm's real-life 5G testing earlier this year that returned 490Mbps for the median user.
Well, there are phones on the market that can hit 1Gbps+ already, and with current commercial networks at that, like the Galaxy S9
or LG G7
, for instance. Still, 5G is the future, and Samsung just outed a promo video for the next big era in mobile, detailing what the city of the future will look like with all that connectivity.