Verizon Plans to Offer Samsung 5G Phone in H1 2019

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) said Monday it is planning to launch a 5G smartphone from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) in the first half of 2019.

This is the first fully integrated 5G smartphone announced by Verizon. It has previously unveiled a 28GHz snap-on module that will support 5G connections for the Motorola z3, which is also expected early next year. (See Verizon's First 5G Mobile Device? It's a Snap! and Motorola Clips On 5G Phone Features.)

Verizon says it has worked closely with Samsung and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) on the device. The companies plan to show off a "proof of concept" of the smartphone at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii this week.

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The launch target helps to firm up timelines for Verizon's plans to switch to mobile 5G next year, as the Samsung phone is expected in the first half of the year. Verizon recently said it will offer 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards-based mobile 5G "sometime" next year. The operator launched its fixed wireless "5G Home" service using its own 5GTF specification in October: The operator says its current pre-standard 5G network will need a software upgrade to move to the mobile 5G New Radio standard. (See Verizon CFO Expects Mobile 5G Service 'Sometime' in 2019 and Verizon's Home-Grown 5G Arrives Today.)

Verizon hasn't yet announced any technical details of the new phone. It says, however, that the proof of concept will use a Snapdragon X50 modem and RF elements from Qualcomm. (See Qualcomm Unveils New Modules to Power Millimeter Wave 5G for Smartphones and Qualcomm: The First 5G Smartphone on Display?)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

DanJones 12/6/2018 | 11:35:18 AM
Re: FYI And yet they they have signed on w/ Qualcomm, which would seem to be cutting their nose off to spite their face,
TV Monitor 12/5/2018 | 6:30:03 PM
Re: FYI "I'm sure they have reasons."

I suspect some kind of foundry deal(Qualcomm agrees to continue to use Samsung's foundry service) or refund scheme exposed when the Apple deal blew up.

"Could be the QTMo52 mmWave antenna elemnts from Qualomm."

Samsung is light years ahead of Qualcomm in mmwave antenna department. 

Remember, Samsung's mmwave antenna supports gigabit connection at highway cruising speed and cell handover, try that with Qualcomm's mmwave antenna which as you heard from the Maui demo is having trouble sustaining connection in stationary position.
DanJones 12/5/2018 | 4:54:57 PM
Re: FYI Samsung did sign the Qualcomm deal though. I'm sure they have reasons. Could be the QTMo52 mmWave antenna elemnts from Qualomm. Those seem more key to smartphone design antenna elements.
TV Monitor 12/5/2018 | 11:33:46 AM
Re: FYI 39 Ghz 5G network provided by Ericsson for both Verizon and AT&T in Hawaii demo, paired with Qualcomm X50.

The pairing didn't go well, the reported throughput was 140 mbits/s or something and even a slight movement would drop connection.

The X50 devices shown at the event from all vendors were unimpressive. It was extremely dissapointing to see Samsung to use X50 in the US, given how the Exynos 5100 based 5G product, a 5G mobile router, is already on sale today in Korea. 

Basically, you have a Samsung Exynos 5100 mobile router smaller than the size of an iPhone 6 complete with a 4000 mAh battery on sale today vs a chunky brick sized prototype Qualcomm X50 based mobile router. 

DanJones 12/3/2018 | 1:52:29 PM
FYI FYI I asked Samsung for any tech specs or visuals on the new device. They're not offering anything up yet. I think we can assume that VZ is using 28GHz mmWave 5G.
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