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

Sprint and LG say they'll offer the first 5G phone in the first half of 2019

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

It seems the wait for the first 5G smartphone will get over in the first half of 2019 as Sprint has announced that it has partnered with LG to roll out a 5G enabled smartphone in the USA market by early next year. Unfortunately, but perhaps not too surprisingly, Sprint isn't providing any concrete details about the device just yet and the Life's Good crew isn't opening up on the upcoming smartphone, either. Sprint has promised 5G in nine cities during the first half of 2019, and its mid-band spectrum is designed for citywide coverage.

Bottom line, today's announcement could well preview a coup for both LG and Sprint. Notably, the shift from 4G to 5G will enable Sprint customers to download full-length HD movie within seconds, and play high-speed games without delays, hiccups or lag-time. Earlier this month, Motorola announced Moto Z3, which when paired with 5G Moto Mod would provide 5G connectivity to the users.

The Korean electronics giant also said it will make this partnership a stepping stone in expanding its 5G business in the North American region in a statement.

Sprint is working to persuade antitrust regulators to approve its merger with larger rival T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) in a $26 billion deal, which the companies say will help them more quickly build the next-generation wireless network. Apart from 5G, the new phone will also have the Snapdragon 855 chipset, better cameras, and other flagship features.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told ZDNet that the carrier's 5G deployment across 30 cities this year - Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Dallas are to have the service by 2019 - is "moving well", with the 600MHz LTE rollout beginning last year and much of the hardware being 5G NR capable.

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