A 5G iPhone? How About 5G Galaxy Note 10? Let’s Have a Little Chat


Sometimes Twitter is fun. I’m on Twitter a lot, and I enjoy discussing mobile phone-related issues with random folks on there. (Come and join me @saschasegan.) I am also, to be completely honest, right now procrastinating on a phone review.

This morning I had a great chat about the 5G Galaxy Note 10 (although that’s the Galaxy S10 5G above), 5G iPhones, AT&T, Qualcomm’s X55 modem, and the Chinese Communist Party with a mysterious interlocutor who has almost no followers, but clearly knows a lot about the industry. If you like phones, you might find it interesting.

Some background, for people who aren’t as neck-deep in this stuff:

Qualcomm makes the only 5G modems available in the US right now. Its current modem, the X50, doesn’t support a style of networking that our carriers intend to use for nationwide coverage on frequencies under 2GHz, called “FDD sub-6.” But the X50 does support a style more common on frequencies between 2-6GHz, called “TDD sub-6,” which will be used by Sprint and in Europe. The first modem with FDD sub-6 support, the X55, was announced last month, and Qualcomm says it will be in commercial products later this year.

Apple hates Qualcomm right now and refuses to use Qualcomm modems, which means Apple needs to wait for another provider. There’s a lot of hazy scuttlebutt in the industry that Intel, Apple’s preferred partner, may fail to launch its promised 5G modem in 2020, which leads to a lot of fun arguments about “what does Apple do then?” Here goes.





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