Intel has announced the first laptops packing 5G mobile connectivity will arrive in the second half of 2019.
Intel made the announcement on the eve of Mobile World Congress, the massive telecom industry conference that starts on Monday in Barcelona.
"This is not just PC clamshell [laptop] form factors", Intel's Rob Topol told reporters this week.
"Intel is investing deeply across its wireless portfolio and partners to bring 5G-connected mobile PCs to market, with benefits for users, like high-quality video on-the-go, high-end gaming, and seamless connections as users traverse Wi-Fi and cellular networks", the company explained.
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Intel will also be showing off the latest steps it has taken with eSIM technology at MWC, and the firm notes that as of last September, all of its modems support eSIM in the consumer and enterprise worlds. The ultimate goal here is to bring gigabit speeds to Windows laptops, according to The Verge.
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.
Intel introduced its upcoming portfolio of commercial 5G modems, including the XMM 8000 series - Intel's first family of 5G radio multi-mode commercial modems - in November a year ago. The Intel 5G deployments there featured end-to-end 5G technologies and solutions including mobile edge computing, FlexRan, Intel's Automotive Trial Platform and its 5G Mobile Trial Platform.
It will be interesting to see how the competition between Intel and Qualcomm will push forward the new Always Connected PC category.
Commercial 5G connections could reach as many as 1.1 billion people by 2025, according to a GSMA study released past year.