The one thing that every 5G smartphone (so far) has in common – PC World

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With LG, Xiaomi, Oppo, Samsung, Sony and others all showing off their first 5G smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress, it appears that Intel faces an uphill battle to break Qualcomm’s grip on the smartphone modem market.

Intel famously failed to embed itself as the go-to modem manufacturer for 3G and 4G handsets, and delays to the arrival of the company’s first 5G modem risk history repeating itself, even if the company can keep Apple onside in the short term.

For mainstream smartphone vendors, four 5G modem options are currently exist:

  • Qualcomm’s X50M 5G
  • MediaTek’sHelio M70
  • Huawei’s Balong 5000
  • Samsung’s Exynos 5100

Intel’s first 5G modem, the XMM 8160, was previously slated to launch this year. However, at this year’s Mobile World Congress, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Network Platforms Group Sandra Rivera provided an update.

More specifically, she revealed that Intel’s 5G modems won’t make their way into consumer products until 2020.

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