Xiaomi and Lenovo spar online over the first 5G smartphone

The two Chinese companies had a very brief altercation on Weibo.

  • Published: August 27, 2018 3:53 PM IST

In today’s fast-paced world of ever-changing technology, keeping up with the latest trends is no longer enough. Adopting emerging technologies is equally, if not more, important, since that gives you the bragging rights to call yourself the first in the field. And it couldn’t be truer for smartphones!

Today, nearly all smartphones (even mid-rangers) come packed with features, including everything from notches to oodles of RAM. So how can a manufacturer distinguish itself from the ever-growing crowd? By launching a smartphone with a completely new feature (or two), before anyone else does it!

It seems both Xiaomi and Lenovo realize this, as the two recently locked horns (sort of) over who’d be the first to launch a 5G smartphone.

According to a report by Gizchina, it all started when Xiaomi posted its expectations about Qualcomm’s next-generation 5G platform on its Weibo account. Lenovo promptly responded to the post, mentioning “More than you expect!”

There wasn’t much of a response from Xiaomi, but it appears the two are going to race against each other for the first 5G smartphone (at least, among themselves). It’ll be interesting to see who wins!

Qualcomm had recently announced that its upcoming SoC (system on chip) will have 5G supports, thanks to the embedded Snapdragon X50 modem. Fabricated using the highly-efficient 7nm node, the chipset will become Qualcomm’s first 5G-capable mobile platform for powering next-generation smartphones as early as 2019.

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Commenting about the development, Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm Technologies, said, “We are very pleased to be working with OEMs, operators, infrastructure vendors, and standards bodies across the world, and are on track to help launch the first 5G mobile hotspots by the end of 2018, and smartphones using our next-generation mobile platform in the first half of 2019.”

He further added, “Qualcomm Technologies’ continued leadership in research and engineering allows for a future of increased innovation across multiple sectors as 5G connectivity becomes ubiquitous.”

  • Published Date: August 27, 2018 3:53 PM IST