The world is fast moving on towards 5g network connection, yet there wasn’t any news of a future 5g supported laptop until now. Keeping our hopes alive, Intel has stepped into the game and in collaboration with major laptop manufacturers, plans to release a 5g laptop latest by 2019.
Gone are the days when you had to selectively choose a laptop which supported built-in network connections. Now that issue could very easily be resolved by Intel if they stick with their plan on deploying 5g support on their laptops. Intel is supposed to work with Microsoft, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, all four being the laptop-giants of the decade. Using Intel’s modems, PCs are expected to roll out with 5g network capability by Holiday 2019.
There isn’t much on the news though, except that 5g modems shall also be backward compatible. This is a good thing since 5g service won’t be available everywhere and it will take some time for the service to grow. Therefore, you would still be able to run 2g, 3g or 4g LTE services according to the services available for your area. The purpose is quite straightforward though: Lightning-fast internet through Giga-Bit speeds.
With built-in 5g modems, you won’t have to buy a Wingle or a Mobile Broadband device to carry with you or to connect to your laptop with. All you would need is a 5g or lower SIM card which would be inserted in a sim slot your laptop shall have.
Though, don’t just get your hopes high up so quickly. It is just an announcement, nothing is dead sure for now. It seems likely that Intel ‘plans’ to release 5g built-in laptops by 2019 but that doesn’t mean it must necessarily do so. With 5g a major possibility now more than ever, there are still a lot of hurdles to cross. This is because there isn’t a rollout of 5g by any of the networks by now. AT&T and Verizon do have a mind of rolling out 5g by the end of this year.
On top of this, T-mobile plans even later i.e. by 2019. Even if they roll out soon enough it would still take much time for the 5g network to be available through all regions.
On the phone side of things, Qualcomm is also expected to deploy 5g models into devices. According to Qualcomm, it is already working with 18 other phone companies too to release a 5g capable smartphone soon enough. Though even if they do manage to release soon, there isn’t really much different you could do with a 5g capable phone than you can do with any phone right now. Though, it might be beneficial for some, since we all know that the roll-out phase has to start from somewhere right.
Therefore, if your home or workplace happens to be in such a location then you could sure connect your smartphone or laptop to 5G service.