Sprint and LG want to make the first 5G smartphone in the US happen soon

Sprint and LG want to make the first 5G smartphone in the US happen soon
Pictured above, the LG V35 ThinQ could spawn a 5G-enabled, Sprint-exclusive sequel

Whether Sprint will be able to finally merge with T-Mobile or not in time for the upcoming 5G revolution, the least popular of America’s “big four” wireless service providers is making some bold claims in regards to this potentially groundbreaking technology.

The “Now Network’s” latest ambitious promise is the commercial release of the first 5G smartphone in the US, vaguely scheduled for sometime during “the first half” of next year. LG is in charge of manufacturing this unnamed device, thus throwing its own hat in a ring already populated by the likes of Motorola, Huawei, and Lenovo.

Of course, the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z3 is not technically a 5G-enabled product, needing a separate accessory that’s obviously not yet ready for primetime to achieve the mobile network speeds of tomorrow. Meanwhile, Huawei and Lenovo are unlikely to gain support from major US carriers, Samsung may skip 5G capabilities as far as the Galaxy S10 is concerned, and Apple will naturally only join the party in the fall of 2019.


Bottom line, today’s announcement could well preview a coup for both LG and Sprint. It remains to be seen if the two’s collaboration will materialize in some sort of a special G8 ThinQ edition, a future V-series release, or perhaps an entirely new phone with a new name.

All Sprint can say is a “beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone” is coming, looking to “revolutionize the mobile industry” with “blazing fast speed and ultra-reliable wireless.” We’re apparently talking “full-length HD movie downloads” completed “in seconds instead of minutes”, as well as “graphic-heavy videos and high speed games” played without “delays, hiccups or lag-time.” That’s on paper, at least, and theoretically available in a handful of cities first, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.

source: Sprint

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7 Comments

1. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 932; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Does anyone remember what speeds we were supposed to be getting when 4G first launched and did we even get close to those speeds? Will 5G be the same?

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 853; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

There are some crappy mid rangers in market which can't utilise full potential of carrier LTE network.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6TfZz6bM0u4&itct=CDMQpDAYCCITCP744dyw7dwCFc-8nAodTn4CHjILYzQtdmlkZW9zLXVaGFVDc1RjRXJIZzhvRHZVblR6b3FzWWVOdw%3D%3D&gl=IN&client=mv-google&hl=en Don't blame carrier/network.... Frist upgrade your mid ranger X to real flagships (S9/S9+ or Note 9) to get 40-50% better speed on 4G.

2. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You guys remember wimax? Classic sprint...

4. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

You remember wimax 2.5ghz? Well it's LTE 2.5ghz, and now it's 5G 2.5ghz that is desirable to T-Mobile. Only difference is... Back then it was low frequency back then for 4G and sprint was crazy when it launched a mid-band. Now tables turned when the big 2 launch a high bandwidth in hopes of a new network. Hogh frequency needs line of sight, something 5G 2.5ghz doesn't need as much

5. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Sprint Internet is a big joke, when you have true 4G let's talk about a real evolution.

6. erolva35

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 18, 2017

Sprint. Always the first to apply the latest technology and last to make it nationwide.

9. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Please LG, launch it in name of FatQ with 5000+mAh battery...

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