03 January 2019
Qualcomm and HMD Global have signed a patent licence agreement for 3G, 4G and 5G Nokia phones. HMD Global has been planning to release its first 5G enabled smartphone and has partnered with chipset maker Qualcomm for a 5G patent that offers the company royalty-bearing patent licenses to manufacture, develop and sell 5G devices. With the latest agreement, Qualcomm has confirmed that it has now over 35 partners for 5G licences.
Samsung mobile, LG Mobile, Xiaomi, and others have already pushed out their first 5G-enabled devices. The first 5G smartphone line up is premium and expensive devices and is priced over $1,000. However, Nokia’s first market-ready 5G-enabled smartphone is likely to be a mid-range device.
Smartphone maker Huawei had stated earlier this month that mid-range 5G devices are expected to be launched by 2020 end, and even entry-level devices could be unveiled by 2021. This shows that the 5G devices trend will catch up very quickly, as compared to its predecessors. It remains to be seen when Nokia’s 5G device will hit the market, whether it will be in 2020, or even later.