LG Electronics Inc. in 2019 will release its first 5G-enabled smartphone in partnership with chipmaker QUALCOMM Inc., representatives from each company said at LG's Jan. 7 CES press conference.
The new phone will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon semiconductor technology, Senior Vice President Jim Tran said during the opening media event. Snapdragon is designed for burgeoning technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence and "extended reality," he noted.
"5G will be a reality in 2019," Tran said, adding that mobile device manufacturers launching their first 5G phone in 2020 will be "too late." Over 20 global carriers are working to make 5G a consumer reality by the end of the year, he said. The new mobile standard will provide ultra-low latency mobile data connectivity, allowing the download of a 4K video in seconds, according to 5G advocates. Due to its speed, latency and efficiency, 5G can be used for device-to-device communications in critical infrastructure, providing platforms for driverless cars, automated manufacturing and smart cities.
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LG said more specifics on the new smartphone would be released later in the day.
The company also showed off a concept rollable TV, featuring a TV screen that rolls in and out of an entertainment cabinet, disappearing completely when retracted. It can also unroll just the top part of the screen to provide a display strip for controlling music, time and date or display images.
LG further expanded its ThinQ smart home line of products, including the addition of a smart countertop beer brewing device, HomeBrew, as well as a ThinQ enabled 88-inch 8K TV that includes machine learning picture and personalization features.
The company also partnered with Apple Inc. to add AirPlay interactivity to its TVs, a rare third-party device partnership for the iPhone maker. Its TVs will also include Alphabet Inc.'s Google Assistant and Amazon.com Inc.'s Alexa.
Forecasters expect more TV manufacturers to unveil consumer-ready 8K TVs at CES 2019.
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