China Mobile to release a 5G smartphone by August


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China’s largest telecommunications operator China Mobile said at its 5G+ media communication meeting today that it will be launching its own 5G smartphone. The self-branded 5G handset is already named Forerunner X1. The device is expected to release officially in August this year. The telco is the first to initiate 5G in China after licenses were issued in June. The company has released 5G packages as well today along with an announcement that it will set up a 30 billion yuan ($4.36 billion) 5G industry fund and has already raised the first instalment of 7-10 billion yuan.

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China Mobile Expected 5G Smartphone Features

The new handset is likely to sport the Snapdragon 855 SoC, according to reports, and a 6.47-inch AMOLED display with Full-HD+ resolution. It’s also expected to feature the ultra HD codec with 8.85 million pixels (4096×2160), dual speakers with DTS-X sound and more. There’s not a lot known about the device but the company provided a render glimpse of the device that will be released in the near future. Prices of 5G devices are expected to be high, according to Wang Hengjiang, vice general manager of China Mobile. Smartphones with 5G connectivity will start at about 5,000 yuan (US$735) on average.

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