BARCELONA: YOU MIGHT STILL BE SKEPTICAL, but 5G is now officially on its way, as evidenced by OnePlus' prototype 5G phone shown off at MWC 2019.
Kept behind glass with the phone's design hidden in a case, there's not a lot to say in terms of what the 5G phone looks like. But we know it's running Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with the chipmaker's Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
Those specs are pretty decent, and OnePlus showed the phone running on an active 5G network by having a chap play a high-fidelity PC game streamed to the phone across a 5G connection.
The whole thing looked pretty impressive given there didn't seem to be much compression in the stream and it all looked pretty responsive.
We weren't allowed to mess around with the game ourselves so one could argue that it could all be smoke and mirrors. But OnePlus is one of those companies that doesn't spout a load of BS, so we can be reasonably sure the whole demo was legit.
"5G is a game changer. It can change everything from gaming to communication, to health and beyond. More than that, it can perform several, or all, of these at the same time. One great example of how 5G will change the world is gaming," said OnePlus CEO Pete Lau
"5G's dramatic improvement in speed, latency, and network capacity can truly fulfil the promise of cloud gaming. Combined with powerful OnePlus devices, people can play advanced games anywhere they are, provided they are on a 5G connection".
As such, we can expect OnePlus to knock out a 5G phone this year; the OnePlus 7 could be that very phone. And rumours suggest that the 5G phone could be a UK exclusive with EE providing the 5G connectivity.
Either way, it's pretty exciting stuff as 5G promises to be a significant leap in mobile broadband. We just hope the rollout is widespread, rapid, and that connecting to a 5G network doesn't cost the world. µ
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