LG partners with Sprint to launch 5G smartphone in 2019

Gerardo Harmon
August 17, 2018

The company says that the device will be the first-ever 5G handset in the country when it arrives, and that Sprint will be the first to roll out a 5G network in the US.

Device specifications and exact timing are to be announced at a later date. The Korean LG headquarters confirmed the news Wednesday. It is 100 percent a truly integrated smartphone that we think will be the first of its kind. Samsung Electronics said last week it plans to launch a 5G-enabled smartphone by next March. Users will be able to download large files and movies in seconds, and online gaming would be lag-free and super smooth.

Sprint and LG say they'll offer the first 5G phone in the first half of 2019
Sprint and LG hope to launch the first 5G smartphone next year

"Sprint is moving fast on the road to 5G and we are thrilled to announce the first 5G smartphone with the innovative team at LG", said John Saw, Sprint's chief technology officer.

"LG has been working side-by-side with Sprint for almost 20 years, and we are looking forward to expanding this partnership with 5G", said William Cho, LG Electronics North America President and CEO.

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Sprint and other carriers in the United States are already gearing up for a 5G revolution.

Parts of Sprint's 5G network are due to go live in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington DC in the early part of next year, but as yet there are no phones that can take advantage of the high data speeds that the network will offer. Meanwhile, Huawei and Lenovo are unlikely to gain support from major USA 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. He also said it will be a lot less clunky than Motorola's 5G mod approach. Yes, it isn't really a 5G smartphone, but when 5G services are available, you could simply get the 5G Moto Mod and get on the faster network.

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