The Mobile World Congress 2018 is fast approaching, and no doubt the 5G will be one of the ubiquitous topics of the show. A few days before the opening of the show, Intel announced want to integrate a modem to future laptops, which will be released in less than 2 years. A very early announcement: to better beat the game at Qualcomm?
The term "Always Connected PC" has recently been used by Qualcomm, which uses it to talk about future ultraportables equipped with a Snapdragon 835 SoC and an integrated 4G modem. Laptops expected to arrive in Europe sometime this quarter and will no doubt be very present in the alleys of the Mobile World Congress. Opposite, Intel had to react and has announced to have signed a partnership with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft to integrate its future 5G XMM 8000 modem in several models of laptops. Also compatible with 4G / LTE, these computers are not expected to be released until the last quarter of 2019, giving the 5G some time to deploy.
In 2018, the ads, in 2019, the concrete
Meanwhile, the American smelter will take advantage of the MWC of Barcelona to present a 2-in-1 PC concept equipped with a 5G modem and should highlight video streaming on this occasion. In addition to speeds of up to 10 times those of 4G, the 5G also has the advantage of offering extremely low latency, which can be as low as 1 ms. A very important point for PCs, since this could benefit cloud or cloud-gaming services like Shadow or GeForce Experience, which need a very low response time to work optimally. chances to be the year of the beginning of the democratization of the 5G, with also the arrival of the first terminals equipped with modem Qualcomm. The company also announced in late January an agreement with several Chinese smartphone manufacturers (Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi) for the marketing of smartphones "5G Ready" in 2019. Closer to us, Orange has recently unveiled its plans for the 5G and plans to deploy it in some cities "test" (Lille, Douai) next year.