Sprint announces that its first 5G phone will come from LG

Doris Richards
August 16, 2018

Sprint Corp (S.N) said Tuesday it has partnered with phone manufacturer LG Electronics Inc (066570.KS) to launch a 5G smartphone in the first half of next year, marking the first 5G device deal for the No. 4 US wireless carrier.

"The LG phone will be customized to Sprint's planned 5G network, and will be compatible with T-Mobile only on that carrier's existing 4G network", John Tudhope, Sprint director of product development told Reuters.

Motorola may have already shown off a 5G Moto Mod for its new Moto Z3, but that accessory isn't due to be released until early 2019 - and even then, it's just an add-on that attaches to the back of your phone.


While the specifications of the smartphone and the exact time of launch are unknown at the moment, the phone will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem.

Whether Sprint will be able to finally merge with T-Mobile or not in time for the upcoming 5G revolution, the least popular of America's "big four" wireless service providers is making some bold claims in regards to this potentially groundbreaking technology. All four major U.S. carriers have advanced 5G roadmaps, but initial deployments will be restricted to Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) broadband in major cities until the first 5G smartphones arrive next year.

Bottom line, today's announcement could well preview a coup for both LG and Sprint. With this, a total number of nine cities would get Sprint's super fast 5G network when it begins deployment next year. That's on paper, at least, and theoretically available in a handful of cities first, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.

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