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Sprint rolled out 5G and here are the phones that will support it in 2019

Sprint rolled out 5G and here are the phones that will support it in 2019

5 G Sprint phones

Last year Sprint had tried to bring 5G service cell phone users in US (Fifth generation bringing exceptional data download and upload speeds). It merge with T-Mobile making an effort to roll out the next generation of cellular connectivity to its customers which means if you are currently on Sprint or T-Mobile you will get the 5G on your smartphones.

While Verizon and AT&T rolled out on millimeter wave spectrum, Sprint has a completely different deployment strategy. The carrier will use excess 2.5GHz spectrum to initially build its 5G network. In addition to hosting Sprint’s LTE service, this mid-band spectrum will also be home to its upcoming 5G service. The carrier building out its towers with 128-massive MIMO equipment to create a 4G/5G split and will allow Sprint to roll out its service quickly and less expensively than other carriers.

5 G Android smartphones

Though rolling out 5G on mid-band may allow Sprint to deploy quickly and inexpensively there are few pitfalls like mid-band 5G does not offer the same fast speeds and low latency as you’ll see on other providers with mmWave. It also doesn’t cover a large area and does a poor job of penetrating through walls and some glasses as of now.

Sprint initially rolled out on mid-band but it will continue to build its 5G network on other bands as well. The first cities to experience Sprint’s 5G network will be New York City, Kansas City, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.More citieswill be added in the future, and if Sprint does merge with T-Mobile you can expect to see its network rollout very quickly.

Phones that will support 5G

Android smartphones that support 5G

In August 2018, Sprint announced it would partner with LG to release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019. In November, the carrier announced it would release an HTC-branded Mobile Smart Hub at the beginning of 2019 as well. Sprint closed out the by saying it would have a Samsung-branded 5G phone at some point in 2019. The Mobile Smart Hub will be good enough for many to use as their primary home internet connection.

Apple iPhone: At the moment, the whispers indicate that Apple phones won’t be looking to release a 5G iPhone until 2020. As Apple is  slow to adopt new technology as it  will likely only include the standard once it’s sure it works well and is not a waste of time.

Google Pixel phones: As there is a rumour that Pixel 4 will be launched in October 2019 and would likely include the upcoming Snapdragon 855, a chip widely suspected to support 5G connections. If that’s true, it’s highly probable that 2019’s Pixel 4 range will support 5G.

Nokia Android:  Though there has been no word on when Nokia handsets will support 5G. Nokia has been very active in helping to build up 5G infrastructure and is involved with the city of Tokyo to provide 5G networks in time for the 2020 Olympics. In July 2018, T-Mobile also announced it was working with Nokia to help build a U.S. 5G network. It could also make $3.50 for every single 5G phone released.

Honor Android:  This brand will likely be working closely with sister company Huawei in launching a phone with 5G support. Honor has announced its intention to be the first phone company to release a full 5G phone which it intends to do in early 2019.

HTC Android: HTC phones have yet not surfaced with rumored 5G support. HTC was confirmed to be one of the companies working with Qualcomm to bring 5G support to 2019 handsets.

Huawei Android: This phone also has not disclosed it’s 5G support yet though  it first spoke about a handset with 5G support in February 2018. Back then, 2019 was the target date for release, and it seems Huawei is still pushing that deadline.

LG Android: LG is another of Qualcomm’s confirmed 5G partners but the South Korean veteran has been busy outside of that partnership. LG is also shooting for the goal of getting the first 5G phone on the market and teamed up with Sprint to deliver a 5G device for release in early 2019. Since this phone is likely to be an exclusive partnership with Sprint, it might be a phone separate to the LG G8 ThinQ.

Motorla Android: Motorola has technically already released a phone with 5G capabilities. The Moto Z3 uses Motorola’s Moto Mod attachment to add a 5G power pack accessory onto the back of the phone, making it possible to access 5G networks. When the accessory becomes available in early 2019 it’ll only be available to Verizon customers.

Samsung S10

OnePlus Android: One Plus is another manufacturer that has committed to a 5G-capable smartphone in 2019 but that statement may not be all it seems, according to some rumors. OnePlus will be seeking to introduce a new range for 5G support, essentially meaning the OnePlus 7 or 7T would be unlikely to have 5G capabilities.

Oppo Android:  Oppo recently made waves by claiming an Oppo phone was the first to access a 5G network. According to a claim made by Oppo Global Vice President Brian Shen, the connection was made on a pre-commercially available Oppo R15. Even more recently, Oppo claims to have held a WeChat video call using 5G. If these claims are true, then it seems Oppo could end up climbing the winner’s pedestal for the first real 5G-enabled phone.

Samsung Android: Samsung already announced it would create a 5G handset for Verizon, one for AT&T and at least one version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is widely expected to support 5G.

Sony Android:  There is nothing on the 5G front from Sony, but Sony is on Qualcomm’s list of 5G partners so you might see one in 2019.

Xiaomi Android: Xiaomi announced a 5G-capable model of its Mi Mix 3 in 2019.

ZTE Android: ZTE is named as another of Qualcomm’s 5G partners and originally planned to release a 5G smartphone in early 2019. Unfortunately, ZTE has had to delay its first 5G phone until late 2019 for an unknown reason.

Besides Sprint, AT&T is actively rolling out a new 5G network across the country, and launched  5G networks in 12 cities across the U.S.: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, San Antonio, and Waco.