Sprint announces that its first 5G phone will come from LG

Sprint and LG said they expect to release the market's first 5G phone though the companies offered little in the way of details

Sprint and LG said they expect to release the market's first 5G phone though the companies offered little in the way of details

"LG has been working side-by-side with Sprint for almost 20 years, and we are looking forward to expanding this partnership with 5G", said William Cho, LG Electronics North America President and CEO.

Sprint Corp (S.N) said Tuesday it has partnered with phone manufacturer LG Electronics Inc (066570.KS) to launch a 5G smartphone in the first half of next year, marking the first 5G device deal for the No. 4 US wireless carrier. LG is in charge of manufacturing this unnamed device, thus throwing its own hat in a ring already populated by the likes of Motorola, Huawei, and Lenovo.

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It'll be interesting to see how quickly hardware brands upgrade their phones to support the new network. It'll first work with the recently launched Z3 on Verizon's upcoming 5G network, which is also slated to go live next year. "Building on LG's legacy of innovation, our teams are enthusiastic about partnering with Sprint's 5G experts to bring next-generation mobile to market in the USA, while continuing to evolve LG's best-in-class design elements for Sprint customers". We're apparently talking "full-length HD movie downloads" completed "in seconds instead of minutes", as well as "graphic-heavy videos and high speed games" played without "delays, hiccups or lag-time".

The company had previously announced it would initially launch its 5G network in nine cities in 2019, including New York City and Los Angeles.

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