Mobile World Congress (MWC) is about to launch in Barcelona and Intel intends to make a big splash. Having largely missed the boat when it comes to the smartphone and tablet markets, they are working with a number of OEMs to create portable computers are equipped with integrated 5G comms. At MWC, they'll be showing off a concept device, equipped with an early 5G modem and powered by 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processors.
Intel said they are working with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft to bring 5G connectivity to Windows PCs. The computers will use Intel's XMM 8000 series modems, saying the devices will be able to access VR applications, participate in online multiplayer games and download big files while disconnected from traditional LANs.
As well as the proof-of-concept PCs, Intel announced an alliance with a core subsidiary of the semiconductor company Tsinghua Unigroup for a long-term strategic collaboration on 5G. They plan to develop a 5G smartphone platform for China that will feature an Intel 5G modem and will be targeted to coincide with 5G network deployments in 2019.
With local telcos planning their 5G deployments, we can expect a lot more activity from OEMs across every sector in the technology business.
And while new smartphones released in the first half of this year aren't likely to include the technology, it's possible that devices released in the latter half of 2018 will ship with 5G modems.