5G networks are still in their infancy, but it looks like consumers will be able to get their hands on 5G-enabled smartphone earlier than we expected. While Samsung, OnePlus and a few other manufacturers aren’t expected to unveil their first 5G devices until Q2 or even Q3 of this year, LG and Huawei are nearly ready to show the world first very first 5G devices.
During Huawei’s pre-MWC briefing, the company revealed that it will show off a 5G device at MWC which will be using the Kirin 980 and its new Belong 5000 5G radio. The device in question will also sport a foldable display. Huawei announced last year that the company was working on a smartphone with a foldable display, Richard Yu, the company’s CEO said in October that the device still needed a lot of work. It’s unclear if the 5G smartphone and its foldable display will be a working product or simply a prototype shown off behind glass by the time the doors open at MWC at the end of next month.
As for LG, the issued a press release which gives up some indication as to what we can expect from its first 5G smartphone. The unnamed device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and will have a 4,000 battery. LG says that those two components are key to delivering a great 5G experience since the 45% improvement in performance of the Snapdragon 855 is necessary to handle the increased 5G speeds and that the massive 4,000 mAh battery will allow users to use the increased speeds without having to worry about battery life.
LG also showed off pretty large vapor chamber which will be inside its first 5G smartphone. The LG V40 did use a heat pipe inside the LG V40 to help keep the device cool, but it looks like that simple design simply won’t be enough to keep LG’s first 5G smartphone from overheating.