Intel Partners With PC Makers To Bring 5G To Windows Laptops

23 February, 2018, 06:49 | Author: Simon Thompson
  • Intel plans powerful 5G laptops for 2019 to take on Qualcomm's always-connected PCs

Attendees at next week's Mobile World Congress will get a sneak peak at a 2-in-1 laptop powered by an 8th-Gen Intel Core i5 processor, connected by an early 5G modem.

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) wants to bring 5G cellular connections to laptops through collaborations with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Dell (NYSE:DVMT), HP (NYSE:HPQ), and Lenovo (OTCPK:LNVGF, OTCPK:LNVGY).

The next generation of wireless connectivity looks promising and bundled with Windows 10, this will be how Microsoft, Intel, and their partners look to convince users to upgrade their hardware.

Intel expects to showcase a concept 5G PC during the Mobile World Congress 2018 conference and expo, set to be held in Barcelona from February 26 through March 1. Intel will show livestreaming video over a 5G network during the conference.

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Intel expects the first high-performing 5G-connected PCs to hit the market in the second half of 2019. As of September 2017, all of Intel's modem solutions for PCs support eSIM in enterprise and consumer segments.

And on the Wi-Fi front, the company is set to showcase an ultra-thin PC which boasts 802.11ax connectivity, the next big step forward for Wi-Fi. Whether it be autonomous vehicles, virtual reality experiences, or smart appliances, Intel hopes to be an integral part of how the connected world stays connected while maintaining processing speeds and data transfer rates that allow new technologies to thrive. The ultimate goal here is to bring gigabit speeds to Windows laptops, according to The Verge. And as Mobile Word Congress is now just a couple of days away, Intel has just announced its plans to bring 5G to mobile PCs next year.

The firm has also announced a new partnership with Spreadtrum, a Chinese mobile chipset manufacturer, to integrate its 5G modem into next year's mobile platform. They plan to develop a 5G smartphone platform for China that will feature an Intel 5G modem and will be targeted to coincide with 5G network deployments in 2019.

Commercial 5G connections could reach as many as 1.1 billion people by 2025, according to a GSMA study released a year ago.



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