Qualcomm 5G devices are coming in 2019, leaving Apple behind

Qualcomm, under pressure to show value and growth amid a looming hostile takeover bid from Broadcom, is hoping that its position in the market for next-generation cellular-radio technology will be a foundation of its future.

The company revealed today partnerships with 18 global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that will be launching 5G-ready devices in 2019. A total of 18 worldwide cellular carriers will be completing tests of Qualcomm 5G radios in 2018.

5G is the follow-up iteration to the current 4G cellular technology in most of the world’s smartphones. It will improve the speed of connectivity, lower latency and transform markets from self-driving cars to industrial automation.

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