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Sprint partners with LG to launch 5G smartphone in 2019

Sprint partners with LG to launch 5G smartphone in 2019

The LG phone will be customized to Sprint's planned 5G network, and will be compatible with T-Mobile only on that carrier's existing 4G network, John Tudhope, Sprint director of product development, said in an interview. Samsung Electronics said last week it plans to launch a 5G-enabled smartphone by next March. Meanwhile, Huawei and Lenovo are unlikely to gain support from major United States carriers, Samsung may skip 5G capabilities as far as the Galaxy S10 is concerned, and Apple will naturally only join the party in the fall of 2019.

Sprint said device specifications and a more specific launch window will be provided at a later date.

For 5G to really start taking off, we're going to need to start seeing phones with integrated 5G radios built directly in, and LG is teaming up with Sprint to make that happen. Today's announcement brings us one step closer to putting a beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone in our customer's hands. One thing's for sure though, 5G smartphones are just around the corner!

Sprint and LG had partnered to launch what they claim will be the first 5G phone in the US.

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5G promises new levels of innovation and progress to connect people, places and the billions of things Sprint customers do with blazing fast speed and ultra-reliable wireless.

Specs and exact timing will come later, Sprint says. Apart from 5G, the new phone will also have the Snapdragon 855 chipset, better cameras, and other flagship features.

William Cho, LG Electronics North America President, and CEO said the company is looking forward to expanding its 20-year-old partnership with Sprint through the 5G smartphone.

Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. will receive Sprint's 5G mobile network.