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Samsung recently filed a trademark with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) for PlayGalaxy Link, and many are speculating that this is the name for their new cloud gaming service. The company partnered with Finnish company Hatch, a subsidiary of Rovio Entertainment, and launched a new 5G cloud gaming service in Korea. If this does become a reality, it would take on Apple Arcade and Google Stadia. Read more to see the patent and for additional information.
Verizon’s 5G network was supposed to launch in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11, but the wireless carrier announced today it has officially turned on the network ahead of schedule in those two cities. “We wanted to get 5G in the hands of customers as soon as we were able. We were able to deliver 5G more quickly than previously promised. We’re excited and this is an exciting day for our customers,” said Kevin King, director of communications for Verizon, to USA TODAY. For now, you’ll need a Motorola Moto Z3 with the 5G Moto Mod to take advantage of the network. Read more for two more videos and additional information.
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Huawei submitted trademark applications for the Mate Flex , Mate Flexi, Mate Fold as well as the Mate F last year, and some have speculated that at least one of these will be a foldable smartphone of sorts, possibly with 5G technology. Other specifications could include a Kirin 980 processor with a double Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which would be plenty of power for gaming on the go. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Vivo Apex 2019 is the company’s first 5G (Qualcomm X50 5G modem) smartphone and boasts a “Super Unibody” curved glass design with no visible headphone jack, USB-C port, or buttons. You charge the mobile phone via a rear-mounted magnetic connector that can also be used for data transfer. Other features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 256GB of internal storage, 12GB of RAM, and a dual rear camera setup. There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but expect it to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
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AT&T has been testing the Netgear Nighthawk 5G hotspot in select areas across the country, and some of those users have begun posting their 5G speeds with mixed results to say the least. The 5G network is currently producing speeds nearly identical to AT&T’s 4G LTE, as a user managed to get 194.88 Mbps download from a tower located directly across the street from their location atop a 3-story building. Read more for another video and a picture comparing 5G to 4G LTE.
At the Xinhua News Agency media conference yesterday, Android smartphone maker China Unicom showcased a prototype Vivo NEX 5G. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC with Snapdragon X50 modem, and look nearly identical to the original Vivo NEX with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. The main difference between the 4G and the 5G versions are the newly designed motherboard and antenna to improve the overall connectivity, as well as coming equipped with a larger battery. Read more for a picture of the prototype and additional information.
Qualcomm unveiled today their Snapdragon 855 chipset, connected through the Snapdragon X24 modem. It’s the world’s first commercial 5G mobile platform, designed for premium-tier flagship devices. Boasting sub-6 GHz and mmWave support, the company’s 4th-generation on-device AI engine, true 4K HDR video capture, cinema-grade photography capabilities, and a 3D Sonic Sensor — all packaged into a a 7-nanometer chip. “The Snapdragon 855 will define the premium tier in 2019,” said Alex Katouzian, SVP and GM of Mobile for Qualcomm Technologies. Read more for another video explaining the technical details and additional information.