5G smartphones are set to become a reality early next year. From Huawei, Samsung to OnePlus, all major brands are in race to launch 5G smartphones in 2019. Xiaomi is now also looking to join the 5G bandwagonwith a new version of Mi Mix 3.At the China Mobile Global Partner Conference last week, Xiaomi unveiled 5G enabled Mi Mix 3 flagship phone with Qualcomm’s latest mobile chipset, Snapdragon 855 and X50 5G modem, with a maximum download speed of up to 2Gbps.Snapdragon 855 chip and X50 5G modem are the same Qualcomm technology that OnePlus and several other Android companies are going to use in their future 5G phones.Xiaomi said it will join the first wave of 5G pre-commercial field test launched by China Mobile in the first quarter of 2019. The company will soon launch a 5G version ofXiaomi Mi MIX 3 in Europe.|
Xiaomi pointed out that it has been ahead of the curve when it came to faster radios on mobile phones. For instance its Mi MIX 2 uses a four-antenna LTE technology while Mi 6 has a 2 x 2 dual-channel Wi-Fi.“5G has higher requirements for antenna design and transmission than 4G and Xiaomi is leading in antenna array research and development. Xiaomi also contributed greatly to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, a collaboration between groups of telecommunications standards associations, helping it revise the existing standard of NB-IoT, an important part of 5G technology,” said the company in a blog post.Not just phones
Xiaomi said it will be adding support for 5G on its non-smartphone devices such as Virtual Reality (VR) headset and Internet of Things (IoT).
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