5G laptops to arrive by 2019 thanks to Intel/HP/Lenovo/Dell partnership
The current 4G broadband cellular network tech is set to be replaced with the 5G standard by 2020, but it seems like Intel is not content with this schedule. The CPU maker intends to speed up things, pushing the 5G adoption to 2019, at least for the US and China zones. AT&T also announced that a true 5G network would be implemented in the cities of Dallas, Waco and Atlanta by the end of 2018.
Broadband cellular network support is usually associated with smartphones and tablets, as laptops also support Ethernet plus WiFi connections, which are faster than what most 4G carriers can offer right now. However, 5G is supposed to bring speeds that surpass even those of Gigabit Ethernet connections, and Intel thinks at least laptop PCs can benefit from this. As a result, the CPU giant partnered with laptop OEM companies like HP, Lenovo, Dell and even Microsoft to integrate its upcoming XMM 8000 5G modems in select laptop models. The inclusion of 5G modems in consumer PCs can expand the 5G coverage and bring faster Internet connections to the average user, allowing for more fluent online gaming sessions and media streaming.
In an interview with TechCrunch, Intel presented its plans to introduce 5G to the Chinese market: “To expand our entry into the China phone ecosystem, Intel and Unigroup Spreadtrum and RDA have established a multi-year collaboration to develop a portfolio of 5G products for mobile platforms, combining Intel 5G modems with Spreadtrum application processor technology.”
Intel will be present at MWC next week, as well, in order to showcase a 2-in-1 laptop with 5G support.