Mobiles Nokia May Launch 3GPP Compliant 5G Enabled Smartphones in 2019 By Abhilash Thakur Posted on February 9, 2018 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Qualcomm Technologies Inc, which is a subsidiary of the parent firm Qualcomm Incorporated has revealed a few days ago that the Snapdragon X50 5G NR series has been selected by a few global smartphone giants to use them for producing the latest 5G enabled handsets that would be launched in 2019. The list reportedly includes some of the biggest names in the smartphone industry like Sony, Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Nokia. It has also stated that the OEM’s have already started their work to get the 5G devices ready by next year. Nokia, in fact, is one of the first brands to focus on the new 5G technology along with Snapdragon. They have also agreed to work together to implement the first 5G NR specification based device along with some other companies like Samsung, AT&T, and Ericsson. This new agreement would allow the companies to test the 5G technology on a global scale for the first time and then launch their respective 5G enabled devices by 2019. Presently, Nokia and Qualcomm are working hand in hand to implement the 5G technology throughout the world by the end of 2019. It has been revealed that the new generation 5G technology will be based on 3GPP compliant 5G enabled devices and infrastructure. 5G technology is likely to be launched in a few selected countries like Korea, Japan, China and a few European countries as well. The companies have reportedly tested both the 3.5GHz and the 28GHz bands and have found both the bands to be fully compliant with latest 3GPP standards released for implementing 5G technology on a global scale. They would use Nokia’s commercial AirScale base station for transmission and devices from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem has been reported to produce download speeds in excess of 1Gbps at a test conducted at Nokia’s 5G center of Excellence at Qulu, Finland. The same speeds were previously experienced at a Qualcomm factory test in San Diego. It is very likely that HMD Global may launch the first 5G enabled handsets in 2019 and all the fans would be impressed with the browsing and download speeds it would offer.