At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year 2018, Intel confirmed their plans to collaborate with Dell, HP, Microsoft, and Lenovo to bring a PC that comes with a 5G cellular connection in the year 2019.

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According to Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of the Network Platforms Group Sandra Rivera says that “As we head to Mobile World Congress (MWC), Intel is working with industry partners and network operators to accelerate technology innovation across network, client, and cloud.”

He continued saying “Our commitment to delivering 5G spans the work we do in the standards bodies, early tests, and trials that give us critical learnings on technology implementation and commercial opportunities, and our investments in ecosystem enabling and hardware and software products. We have started 2018 at a sprint with new product introductions and industry collaborations in all of these areas.”

Now it seems 5G connection is closer than we initially thought, Intel is doing what they do best by bringing together these three big PC makers to achieve this upgrade in technology.

In addition to this collaboration surprise, Intel said it would showcase its first 5G-enabled 2-in-1 concept PC during MWC in Barcelona, which will be powered by its 8th-generation Core i5 processors and an early 5G modem, to demonstrate what 5G is capable of, Intel will also be demonstrating live video playback on stage.

Earlier this month Qualcomm announced partnerships with 19 mobile device makers and 18 carriers to bring Snapdragon X50 family 5G modems to devices sold across the world, starting in 2019.

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As a way of double their pace, Intel announced the plan for a partnership with China’s Unigroup to use Spreadtrum to produce a 5G phone platform as the foundation of a new generation of devices.

The 5G-enabled PCs are expected to be running on a platform which will bring together the Intel XMM 8000 5G modem along with Intel Core processors.

Announced in November 2017, the Intel XMM 8060 5G modem is the company’s first commercial 5G modem which is capable of delivering multi-mode support for 5G non-standalone as well as standalone New Radio (NR) along with 2G, 3G (including CDMA) and 4G legacy modes. This demonstration is a precursor to the commercial rollout of this 5G-enabled PCs, which is expected in the second half of 2019.

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Rob Topol said that while the 5G era will be driven by expansive range endpoint devices, it is critical to have 5G smartphones ready from the start of network deployments to jumpstart adoption and encourage the development of new services.

He said, “5G is really the post-smartphone era, but it’s important that those smartphones really carry us into this new era of capacity.”

In all, Intel is making it quite clear that their 5G efforts are not limited to modems and smartphones. Intel said that their end to end 5G strategy is designed to allow many different divisions of the company (public cloud, enterprise data center, carrier, notebook, and smartphone) to capitalize on the major investment and growth that 5G will bring in virtually every part of the IT industry.