The advent of the 5G in the standards of communication will bring in innovations in the way devices communicate with each other and also the way the Smartphone will provide an interface for interaction. The standard-setting process in 5G will continue for a while, with several industry bodies forming to put together a set of protocols. However, stakeholders will probably follow a similar approach to 4G in standard-setting. With 3G there was a split of 3GPP2 versus 3GPP. With 4G, the world united behind a single standardisation track, giving the mandate to 3GP to proceed. 5G, has now provided the industry to unite even further on convergence of features, thereby exploiting all that the 5G technology can prove. As convergence of network continues, 5G is likely to co-exist with technologies such as Wi-Fi, with devices designed to switch between networks according to requirement and availability. However, experts feel that 5G is still some way off, we can so expect 4G to prevail for a while, before 5G can completely takeover the communication medium.
In August 2019, Qualcomm Technologies, a leader in 5G, and Lenovo, a world leader in PCs, jointly announced “Project Limitless” to bring out the the world’s first 7nm platform purpose-built for PCs, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform. This collaboration between industry leaders ushers in a new generation of “Always On, Always Connected PCs” that are designed to deliver the benefits of the unifying connectivity fabric made possible by 5G. It will also open the door to new, transformative user experiences for both consumers and enterprise.
Expectations are high. 5G is supposed to be a more energy-efficient network, with faster data download and upload speeds with lower latency. It needs to be energy efficient so that devices using it can survive on batteries for a large amount of time without being recharged. The energy efficiency may come from what is called lean design, which will mean that components are switched off when they are not transmitting data. 5G may use higher frequency bands to transmit data, where there is relatively little competition over bandwidth. This will mean a lower wave-length. Due to the lower wave-length, 5G may also be reliant on small cell technology to boost the signal, including femtocells and picocells, which have so far not seen huge adoption.
In the ongoing 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas, China’s tech giant Lenovo has launched the world’s first 5G personal computer (PC) bringing 5G connectivity to a premium computing experience beyond smartphone technology. The new PC, named “Yoga 5G,” is an ultra-portable 2-in-1 laptop and the first-ever PC powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform. It promises to deliver high-speed 5G network connectivity, which is up to 10 times faster than 4G, through a 5G service provider when on the move and reliable WiFi access at home. The Yoga 5G will be available in spring this year, according to Lenovo.
The CES 2020, is one of the worlds best tech shows and this year it has nearly 20,000 new trans-formative tech products that are on show, encompassing 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart cities and resilience, sports, robotics and more.