During its keynote at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Qualcomm said it’s expecting a little over 30 5G-capable devices this year with most of them being smartphones.
The spokesperson then went on to say that Qualcomm has won the majority of contracts with OEMs looking for 5G deployment in 2019. This might be not too far from the truth as even Samsung will be using Qualcomm’s modem for its smartphones in the US because the Snapdragon X50 modem is better suited for the 2.5GHz spectrum. Meanwhile, T-Mobile will be relying on Intel’s 5G mobile platform in 600 MHz smartphones.
One thing is for sure, though – 2019 will be the year of 5G smartphones although the new tech will only be available from the start in some countries.