The race to 5G is ramping up with different tech company striving to stand out in the big race.

On Monday, Verizon and Samsung announced their plan to bring one of the first commercial 5G smartphones to market in the first half of 2019. The companies will unveil a proof of concept, powered by the upcoming flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements, at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui this week. This is the result of years of collaboration to deploy an end-to-end solution for commercial 5G services using Samsung network equipment and personal devices.

Though, Samsung has been working on its own 5G technologies, including mobile chips, and was a major contributor to the international 5G standard that was finalized late last year and earlier this year. Yet Verizon indicates that Samsung will be showing a “proof of concept” device this week, using Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship mobile platform, antenna modules, and related components.

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5G mobility service will provide massive bandwidth, greater opportunities for connectivity and improved network reliability. When fully implemented, it will offer capacity and download speed many times faster than today’s 4G LTE network. Along with network latency that is faster than the blink of an eye.

“5G will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity, allowing people to connect to data, experiences and other people in ways never thought possible,” said Brian Higgins, vice president, wireless device and product marketing at Verizon.

“Together, Samsung and Verizon have made huge gains in bringing 5G commercial services to consumers in several cities. Now, we’re partnering to create a smartphone to put the power of 5G in the palm of your hand.”

“Samsung offers end-to-end solutions that are accelerating the wide scale adoption of 5G and help us realize our vision of truly connected living”. “We’re proud to work alongside innovative partners like Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to deliver a smartphone that will fundamentally transform how people work and play,” said Justin Denison, Senior Vice President, Mobile Product Strategy and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

Through the introducing of a 5G phone next year, Samsung would also gain a leg up on Apple, which may be waiting until 2020 to release its first 5G iPhones. According to report on Monday said Apple plans to wait the extra year, something the company has previously done with the launch of 3G and 4G in order to let carriers build out their networks and other manufacturers work out early kinks before it adds the new technology to its products.Image result for Samsung will partner Verizon on 5G smartphone in first half of 2019

Carriers and smartphone manufacturers alike have been racing to be the firsts to offer 5G. AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have all been in the process of rolling out its 5G networks. However, Verizon beat them all to the market when it launched 5G Home in a limited availability run in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston, and Indianapolis.

Verizon being the first to announce a partnership with Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, certainly keeps them one step ahead of its competitors in the race to 5G.