5G has been floating around for a while but in many cases the details are still hazy. Many know that it is the next generation of mobile data but the impact of the technology seems to be underappreciated. Below you can find a complete guide to 5G and the awesome changes that it brings.
What is this 5G thing?
Imagine that LTE is a highway. Now imagine that 5G is a highway on steroids. The new standard will provide blazing speeds and improved accuracy that will the current broadband speeds to look like snails.
Is it available right now?
The answer is yes and no. While the technology is available in a few select regions tests are still being run before a large-scale expansion will begin.
Will I need a new device in order to use it?
Yes you will. Many companies are already working on devices that are compatible with the new standard. The Mi Mix 3, Samsung S10 and an improved OnePlus 7 are currently the main choices. It is expected that other manufacturers are also interested in delivering new devices that will be able to employ the standard.
The hardware game
In order to use the potential a 5G network a device will require a processor that is able to withstand the increased data speed. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 is the only chip that is currently compatible with the new standard. It is likely that the many of the 5G devices will use this chip, which features the X50 5G modem.
Just how fast is 5G?
It is faster than anything else on the mobile market. A 5G connection will be able to reach a maximum speed of 5G per second, almost 400 times faster than the current maximum speed offered by a 4G network.
As the standard is becoming popular the coverage will increase exponentially. 5G networks are already available in cities like Dallas, Atlanta or Louisville. The future will be swift!
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.