Intel has announced its partnership with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft to launch 5G laptops with Intel modems, in the second half of 2019. The Intel 5G laptops will enable fast computing with benefits to users like high-quality video access on the go, advanced gaming and smooth traversing capabilities across cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
2018 is the year when leading telecommunication companies like Verizon, Qualcomm, and Ericsson, started testing 5G networks, which is quite interesting. 5G networks are expected to offer speed of five gigabits per second (gbps).
Intel will use Mobile World Congress (MWC) as a platform to showcase the first sneak peek of 5G-connected PCs concept, by livestreaming a video. These laptops will be detachable 2 in 1, powered by 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processors, and connected by Intel XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems.
These 5G modems can deliver multi-mode support for both standalone and non-standalone networks, which means that the users will be able to use these 5G laptops for New Radio (NR), 2G, 3G and 4G legacy modes. Intel 5G PCs will also support eSIM functionality which is an essential feature for connected devices.
“5G is coming. Not only will it bring a substantial amount of data needing processing but also new experiences for PC owners. Imagine immersing in untethered VR from anywhere in the world, or downloading a 250-megabyte file in seconds from a parking lot. Or imagine being able to continue participating in a multiplayer game as you ride in an autonomous vehicle on the way to class. Radically different. This is just a sampling of the experiences 5G will reimagine for the mobile PC. As this transformation of data continues, it’s critical for PCs to be ready with 5G,” wrote Intel in a blog post.
At MWC in Barcelona this year, Intel will also showcase 11ax Wi-Fi service, which will be a critical part of connected future using 5G technology.
5G is on a roll and last month only, Verizon had announced its plan to use Samsung’s Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to offer initial 5G network commercial services by the end of 2018.