Intel may have worked on its own 5G modems, however, the California-based chipmaker has no plans to launch the modems this year. According to Sandra Rivera, Intel will showcase its 5G modem at a media event this year, however, the consumer-ready products will not be available until 2020.
According to Reuters, Rivera who heads the networking arm of the brand said that it will roll out non-consumer 5G products such as networking equipment to support 5G network later this year. Apple is one of the largest customers of Intel for its modems and chipsets, however, this update puts Apple’s plan to release a 5G-enabled iPhone to postpone to 2020 that was recently highlighted by a Bloomberg report.
Apple has approached a number of chipmakers including MediaTek Inc, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to supply 5 modems for its upcoming iPhones along with Intel’s 5G modems, however, there is no update on this matter as well.
Reuters published a report stating how Apple is actually working on its own modem-making arm to manufacture its own 5G modems for upcoming iPhones, however, it seems like the Cupertino-based tech giant will be at least a year late that its closest competitor when it comes to launching a 5G device.
Samsung already made the headlines after launching Samsung Galaxy S10 X 5G on February 20 while Xiaomi has already unveiled Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Huawei is about to showcase its first-ever 5G enabled foldable phone, and brands like Motorola, Sony, OnePlus, are working on the same to roll out this year.
Rivera further added that Intel will roll out a number of devices with 5G capabilities such as networking fear. It will also manufacture modems to integrate with cars as well. Intel has proposed a free patent licensing model for using its 5G infrastructure unlike its competitor, Qualcomm.
Qualcomm, on the other hand, has already showcased its Snapdragon 855 chipset with Qualcomm X50 5G modem and in fact, it has already started working on X55 5G modem as well that will be up for consumers later this year. 5G is definitely the next big thing in the smartphone world and will ease applications like IoT, AR, VR, and more using this faster than ever network protocol.