The Samsung Galaxy X foldable smartphone may have had its name leaked at last, and it's not the Galaxy F, but it's close: the Galaxy Fold.
Meanwhile, Apple will not introduce 5G-capable iPhones until 2020, according to a Bloomberg report citing anonymous sources. Aside from Samsung getting into bed with two hardcore rivals, Motorola is working with Verizon for its own device, while LG has plans to launch its own 5G compatible device on Sprint's network, also for the first half of 2019. It is not yet known what model will implement next-generation 5G mobile communication services.
With that said, Verizon and AT&T's 5G networks will only be available in a small number of markets when smartphones running Qualcomm's 5G-enabled chips roll out. These landmark achievements are the result of Qualcomm mobile leadership and breakthrough inventions over decades, leading the world to 3G, 4G and now 5G by driving an end-to-end system approach that spans from research and development to commercialisation through a series of essential inventions and industry-first prototypes, demos, trials, chipsets and mobile platforms.
Samsung, meanwhile, figures to play a critical role in 5G, both with smartphones and with networking equipment. By mid-2019, AT&T plans to bring the 5G bonanza to a further seven cities across the USA, though as with the original 12 take the 5G coverage claims with a pinch of salt.
However, 5G won't burst onto the smartphone scene.
We also have yet to see how well 5G will work on mobile devices, as 5G primarily transmits on the "millimeter wave" spectrum that has trouble penetrating walls and other obstacles. It's even been said that a tree's leaves could interfere with the strength of a 5G signal.
Either way, early 2019 will give us a better idea of what to expect with 5G. This under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor should be very secure as it takes a 3D image of the finger and won't be affected by oily or wet fingers.