Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and president of QCT, took time to mention some 5G updates.
First, he said that the first 5G hardware and prototypes had been announced a few months earlier and that things are actually moving ahead of schedule. Snapdagon X50 might be the world's first full 5G chip to ship in devices in the first half of 2019.
A great point was made. 5G is likely to become as important as electricity. Of course, this thought gets you sparked but connectivity on your phone is as important as battery life.
If you don’t have juice in your phone, or laptop, you can'tdo anything, and, similarly many apps won’t work without an internet connection.
When everything is connected, and all devices around it are connected, we will get new paradigms. Netflix consumes 35 percent of the US internet traffic and you can imagine that with 5G, things will not only get faster, latency will decrease by as much as 30 times.
Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group (WDG) seemed very excited about all connected PCs and this could be the way where the industry will go in 2018 and onward.
Latency will be important for mission critical devices including self driving cars and a few other mission critical tasks. Think about rescue drones.
5G is getting a lot of traction and there could be some launches as soon as the first half of 2019. Regulators and technology are moving in the right direction. There is a $12 trillion 5G related revenue promise up until 2035.