13 September 2019
5G is undoubtedly the next big thing in the technology domain, especially for chipset/modem and smartphone makers. This is the reason we are seeing all major brands entering the race sooner or later. Samsung and Huawei are two of the biggest names among currently active players in 5G and very soon, you will see Motorola joining the list too.
Francoise LaFlamme, head of global marketing strategy at Motorola, talked about the company's plans regarding 5G on the sidelines of IFA 2019 in Berlin last week. He revealed that Motorola is working on releasing 5G phones and also clarified that those devices will be priced at a premium. The reason behind a premium pricing is said to be that it will be difficult to offer a $399 5G phone without comprising on "a lot of the elements that people value".
He did not offer any price range for the "premium" price tag but considering currently available most affordable 5G phones easily cost over $800, one should expect similar pricing from Motorola as well. Two of the cheap 5G phone that you can currently get are OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and Samsung Galaxy A90 5G which are priced at about $840 and $800 respectively. It is worth noting that Samsung's offering comes with upper mid-range specs including a triple camera setup but OnePlus' offering is an Android flagship.
Additionally, Oppo sub-brand Realme has also confirmed its plans to release a 5G smartphone in the near future. It has not shared any specific timeline for the launch but revealed that the device will be using Qualcomm's 5G-ready Snapdragon 7-series processor. It made the announcement via a press release which mostly talked about Realme's excitement to be a part of the 5G movement instead of offering any concrete details.
We will be sharing more details about Motorola and Reame's 5G plans as these companies will reveal more publically. We will also keep you updated regarding 5G plans of other smartphone companies as and when they will be revealed.