Intel will introduce 5G Laptop in the market soon
By the end of next year, you might be able to buy a laptop that comes with a 5G cellular connection. At least that’s what Intel says will happen, thanks to a collaboration with Microsoft, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Those four companies are supposed to be working toward creating PCs with built-in 5G connections that’ll be available by “holiday 2019”, using Intel’s modems.
Intel’s upcoming XMM 8000 series modems will power 5G in notebooks in the second half of 2019, the company announced today. That will include machines from Dell, HP, Microsoft and Lenovo.
What Intel has to say
To give us an idea of what 5G will look like in a laptop, Intel will also be showing off a 2-in-1 concept at Mobile World Congress next week. There are not too much about the device yet, but Intel says it’ll demonstrate the power of 5G by streaming live video. Perhaps we’ll see them running multiple 4K streams at once — something the company has demonstrated on desktops over the last few years.
While the Tech world is holding its breathe to see how 5G transforms our phones, it has the potential to significantly impact how we use PCs, as well. Integrated LTE connectivity is still a rarity in laptops today.But if the 5G networks are as fast as we expect, and Intel’s modems make it easy for manufacturer to integrate 5G, there is a good chance we’ll see even wider adoption.
The new cellular technology is exactly what Intel and Microsoft need for their vision of “Always Connected” PCs– machines with incredibly long battery life and integrated network connectivity.
Intel has also signed up for a partnership with China’s Unigroup Spreadtrum to integrate its 5G modem in its 2019 mobile platform. While that’s not exactly a major brand to start with, i would not be surprised if we see more phone makers partnering with Intel soon. Qualcomm has had a huge headstart with its X50 5G modem which will be powering devices from SONY, LG, ASUS and many more next year.