At a Mobile World Congress keynote panel in late February on the timing of 5G devices, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon declared with confidence, "The phones are ready; we're just waiting for the networks."About an hour later, in a briefing room a mere 10 feet below that keynote hall, AT&T Chief Technology Officer Andre Fuetsch told CNET, "The issue is devices. Frankly, we're waiting on the devices." After years of work on 5G networks, hyped as the life-changing foundation for tech trends like augmented reality and telemedicine, the super-fast wireless technology is finally being rolled out across the globe. Carriers are turning on their networks, and virtually every major Android handset maker has talked up plans to launch a 5G device this year. Now playing: Watch this: Galaxy S10 5G camera, 5G demo at MWC 2019 5:18 But, as evidenced by the conflicting comments from the AT&T and Qualcomm execs, things are still a little complicated. Still, while 5G at times … [Read more...] about Galaxy S10 5G, Mate X, Motorola Mod: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone
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The flood of 5G phones continues. Xiaomi on Sunday became the latest company to launch a 5G phone, the Mi Mix 3 5G. The device -- a variant of the recently released Mi Mix 3 -- will cost 599 euros ($679) and will launch in May. Xiaomi's initial 5G wireless partners include Europe-based Orange, Sunrise, Telefonic, Three, TIM and Vodafone. It didn't mention any plans to bring the phone to the US. "Essentially everything you loved about the Mi Mix 3 is now coming along with 5G," Donovan Sung, director of product management for the Xiaomi global team, said Sunday during a press conference at MWC in Barcelona. The Mi Mix 3 5G contains Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor and its X50 5G modem. It has the Mi Mix 3's ceramic body and will be available in two colors, black and sapphire blue. It uses the same camera setup and other features of the Mi Mix 3, including the device's magnetic slider. Now playing: Watch this: MWC 2019 phone trends we'll see 2:52 … [Read more...] about Xiaomi moves into 5G with the Mi Mix 3 5G at MWC 2019
The flood of 5G phones continues. Xiaomi on Sunday became the latest handset maker to launch a 5G phone, the Mi Mix 3 5G. It sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and the X50 5G modem and is "coming to market very soon," as Donovan Sung, director of product management for the Xiaomi global team, said. 5G promises to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. It'll also boost how fast a device will connect to the network with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload. Now playing: Watch this: MWC 2019: Phone trends we'll see 2:52 Experts expect 5G to change the way we live and even create new industries, much like how 4G LTE enabled the rise of apps like Uber, Instagram and AirBNB. Most carriers … [Read more...] about Xiaomi moves into 5G with Mi Mix 3 5G smartphone at MWC 2019
The Apple Watch Series 4 is packed with new features: an FDA cleared electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), a faster processor, better screen and louder speaker wrapped in a sleeker exterior. But the best thing about Series 4 may be the fact that it's made the Series 3 much more affordable. The previous generation of Apple's smartwatch shares a lot of the same specs that make the Series 4 great, and the aluminum version is $130 cheaper. So, which one is right for you?Obviously, if you don't mind paying more, you should get the Series 4. And if you want a much more affordable option, you'll want to opt for the Series 3. (In fact, it's on sale right now at Amazon: $229 for the 42mm model.) Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. However, for those of you who want to know the differences in detail, keep reading. Which Apple Watch looks and feels better?At first glance, both the Apple Watch Series 4 and its predecessor seem to share … [Read more...] about Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Series 3: Which watch should you buy?
If Qualcomm didn't have to release standalone modems for Apple, it wouldn't invest the time and money to update them every year, the company's chief technology officer said.James Thompson, testifying on behalf of Qualcomm on Friday, said that it costs Qualcomm about $250 million a year to tweak its modems for Apple. "Apple requires we come out with a new one every year," Thompson said. "But if you look at our other customers that use those products, for example data card businesses, they don't even want us to do a new design every year."Apple designs its own application processor -- the brains of the iPhone -- but it relies on third-party chips for network connectivity. From the iPhone 4S in 2011 to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in 2015, the sole supplier for those chips was Qualcomm. The following year, Apple started using Intel modems in some models of the iPhone 7and 7 Plus, but it still used Qualcomm in versions for Verizon and Sprint. Apple's latest phones now … [Read more...] about Qualcomm wouldn’t release modems as often without Apple’s business