The 5G device ecosystem is gaining traction thanks to the announcement by 23 vendors that 5G devices with different form factors would be launched in 2019. One can expect different device forms factors say phones, hotspots, indoor CPEs, outdoor CPEs, modules, snap-on dongles/adapters and USB terminals to be launched this year but the 5G device ecosystem will take off in 2020 once 3GPP finalises 5G Standalone (SA) network and device standard in 2019.
As per GSA, around 33 officially announced devices (plus regional variants) have been announced by 23 vendors. Of this twelve are phones, five hotspots, eight CPE devices, five modules, two snap-on dongles/adapters and one USB terminal. All these 5G devices are based on chipsets from five vendors – Huawei, Intel, Mediatek, Qualcomm and Samsung. As more service providers launch their 5G network in 2019, we can expect the device ecosystem to grow quickly to meet the requirements of the industry.
On the 5G phone front, there are vendors like Huawei, LG, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Samsung, Sony, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE. Huawei is launching MateX 5G smartphone based on Balong 5000 chipset, LG is launching V50 ThinQ 5G smartphone based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 platform with X50 modem, Nubia is launching Mini 5G smartphone based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 platform with X50 modem, OnePlus is launching OnePlus 5G smartphone based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform and Oppo is launching Find X 5G smartphone based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform with X50 modem.
Samsung is launching two 5G phones – GalaxyFold 5G and Galaxy S105G based on Qualcomm Snapdragon and Samsung Exynos processor, Sony is launching Xperia 5G based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform with X50 modem, TCL is launching Alcatel7 5G, Vivo is launching Apex 2019 based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform, Xiaomi is launching Mi Mix 3 5G based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform with X50 modem and ZTE is launching Axon 10 Pro 5G based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform with X50 modem.
On the CPE front, there are vendors like D-Link, Huawei, Inseego, Nokia and Samsung. D-Link is coming up with DWR-2010 which is indoor CPE based on Qualcomm processor; Inseego is launching R1000 Home, an indoor CPE router; Nokia is launching Fastmile5G Gateway for both indoor and outdoor receiver options; and Samsung is launching SFG-DO100, an indoor CPE.
On the hotspot front, HTC is launching 5G Hub based on Qualcomm; Huawei is launching 5G Mobile WiFi based on Balong; Inseego is launching MiFi 1Q5 Mobile based on Qualcomm and VNC is launching 5G Mobile hotspot. On the module front, there are modules from Fibocom (FG100), Quectel (5GRG 500Q), Sierra Wireless (Air Prime) and Telit (FM980/FM980M).
On the USB terminal front there is only TCL. TCL is launching Alcatel 5G USB data terminal based on MediaTek.
On the dongle front, Doogee is launching DoogeeS90 based on MediaTek processor and Motorola is launching 5GMotoMod based on Qualcomm processor.
One can expect more 5G smartphone announcements by different vendors depending upon the feedback and performance of the first generation 5G handsets and same is the case with other form factor in 5G device ecosystem.