Carriers and equipment manufacturers showcase 5G but its biggest advantage is a no-show

Carriers and equipment manufacturers showcase 5G but its biggest advantage is a no-show
The prototype Samsung smartphone used for one of the 5G demos

Hawaii has been in the focus of the mobile industry’s eyes for the past few days as it’s hosting Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit. One of the products Qualcomm is showing off is its 5G modem, promising to allow our future smartphones to make use of super-fast data speeds of the also future 5G networks. As you can notice, there’s a lot that’s yet to be seen in regards to 5G, so naturally, participants in the tech summit were eager to see what the next-gen technology is capable of.

Those who expected to have their hats blown away by the amazing speeds of 5G were left disappointed, The Verge notes. While manufacturers had indeed set up demo areas with 5G antennas and prototype devices that can make use of them, the speeds at which everything was running were not only far from the expected 5G ones, but even slower than some 4G connections.

As a reminder, 5G promises to deliver data speeds of over 1Gbps, potentially hitting 10Gbps, but at the event, the devices were reaching only around 130-140Mbps. Of course, the companies involved: Qualcomm, Ericsson, Samsung and Verizon had plenty of reasons why this was the case. From limited frequencies they could use to the fact that they just wanted to show that it’s working and that there’s a lot of tinkering and optimization required, there’s plenty of hurdles that stopped the organizers from showing us the true potential of 5G.

We’re sure that’s all true, but it takes the wind out of 5G’s sails when an event that’s meant to promote the new technology fails to show the biggest thing that separates 5G from what we already have ― the blazing fast speed. It seems that we’ll have to patiently wait until all the pieces fall into place and we can be genuinely amazed (hopefully) by what 5G can do.



1. hypertonik

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

I thought its biggest advantage would be the ability to provide speeds as high as 4G for a much higher number of concurrent connections...

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Higher speeds are not needed for me presonaly, im fine with 4G, im just waiting for that low latency

7. mixedfish

Posts: 1562; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Exactly, anyone who knows what 5G will be all about is the latency and as above mentioned connections. IoT will be nothing without those two. 150Mbps is already more than you need, Netflix 4K is just 13-20Mbps.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

That's what all the praise is about, the speeds should be a bit faster than 4G but not mind blowingly faster. It's more so that it has a larger capacity for connections which will allow home internet to function on a 5G opposed to Cable, Fiber, or DSL

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Sigh.... Promises, Promise, Promise. Most of us know that we wont see a fraction of those promise speeds till the infrastructure is in place. We still don't have the LTE speeds promised and now we are to run out and buy 5G phones? No smart people will wait and see until their areas are lit with 5G and not be early R&D Guinea for the carriers.

5. LAgurl

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

That was pretty embarrassing they should learn from carriers in other countries. Like for example even in Mexico TELCEL a few months ago it had a presentation were it was showing off its 4.5 network no it wasn't 5G yet and it was prepared and it was getting 200 to 300 mbps right there live in front of everybody on a Sony and samsung phone and no wifi both phones had lte+ , yes they were running speed tests live in front of everybody to show them what it was capable . This hot mess of only getting 130 that happend just recently with At&t n Verizon was just so embarrassing . Can't believe even a Mexican carrier was prepared better LOLZ

6. surethom

Posts: 1721; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

BUT am I right in saying that 5g has a much much shorter range then 3g & 4g?

8. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Yes. It will work more like a home mesh network, with lots of smaller antenna's on buildings rather than one mast covering a large area.

9. uberzero

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 07, 2018

Very interesting. Comments pointing out the pictures device does not have a notch and has very similar to my S9 Plus front camera hole are deleted. Thank you for providing ammunition. Taking photos to show how Phone Arena deliberately censored facts and spread lies.

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