Nokia May Launch 3GPP Compliant 5G Enabled Smartphones in 2019

Yolanda Curtis
February 9, 2018

Qualcomm announced that its super-fast Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family has received support by a bunch of OEMs, with these companies launching 5G-based products next year, with trials beginning later this year.

A number of major wireless network operators have opted to test out a Qualcomm Technologies modem in trials of 5G smartphone technology.

Presently, Nokia and Qualcomm are working hand in hand to implement the 5G technology throughout the world by the end of 2019.


Qualcomm announced partnerships with the likes of ASUS, Nokia, HTC, LG, Netcomm, Netgear, OPPO, Samsung, Xiaomi, ZTE, and others on the hardware side. Notably, you're not going to see Apple, Samsung, or Huawei, the world's three biggest smartphone manufacturers, on that list. These three vendors account for nearly 50 percent of total smartphone shipments and more than 80 percent of premium smartphones in the market.

"Moreover, many of these smaller device OEMs have little to no presence in many countries, including the United States, suggesting that other markets, notably those in Asia, could be the first to get their hands on 5G smartphones", Saadi said. From the press release, it is clear that the OEMs are working with an intention to commercialize their 5G mobile devices by the next year. "With our proven success in 3G, 4G LTE and RF front-end leadership, Qualcomm Technologies is ideally positioned to deliver the multi-gigabit, multimode products required for the global rollout of 5G".

"2018 will be a big year for Qualcomm Technologies and the mobile industry overall as we work to execute on the agreed-upon 5G NR specification", Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm Inc., said in a statement.


Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon X50 in 2016, with plans to make it commercially available during the first half of 2019.

The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem has been designed by Qualcomm to support 5G networks.

The Snapdragon X50 5G NR (New Radio) mobile modem chipset can attain download speeds of several gigabits.


Still, Qualcomm is touting the commitments as proof that its mobile 5G NR technology is ready for the smartphone form factor. The new technology will be highly critical for not only mobile broadband but also other categories such as virtual reality and augmented reality that require higher data transmission capacities for smoother experience.

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