Sprint, LG Aim to Bring First 5G Smartphone to US Next Year

Sprint and LG said they expect to release the market's first 5G phone though the companies offered little in the way of details

Sprint and LG said they expect to release the market's first 5G phone though the companies offered little in the way of details

Ahead of the launch of its mobile 5G network in the US, Sprint has announced that it's working with LG to make a phone to support the new carrier technology in the first half of 2019.

When you buy your 5G LG phone it will connect to Sprint's 5G network wherever available.

As announced in a press release today, Sprint says it's partnering with LG to release the very first 5G-equipped smartphone in the first half of 2019.

The "Now Network's" latest ambitious promise is the commercial release of the first 5G smartphone in the U.S., vaguely scheduled for sometime during "the first half" of next year.

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Last month, Sprint introduced new unlimited wireless plans bundled with video streaming platform Hulu and music streaming service Tidal, in an effort to attract more customers with media content. One thing's for sure though, 5G smartphones are just around the corner! This is the second 5G phone announcement we've seen, after Motorola and Verizon unveiled a 5G add-on for the Motorola Z3 phone coming "early next year".

"Sprint is moving fast on the road to 5G and we are thrilled to announce the first 5G smartphone with the innovative team at LG", said John Saw, Sprint CTO, in a statement.

LG Electronics said the cooperation with Sprint will pave the way for the company to expand ties with North American mobile carriers. Sprint's first 5G-ready Massive MIMO cell sites are capable of delivering up to 10 times the capacity of current LTE systems, significantly increasing data speeds for more customers in high-traffic locations. Apart from 5G, the new phone will also have the Snapdragon 855 chipset, better cameras, and other flagship features. The list of the cities to get 5G connectivity include-Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington DC.

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