Samsung Is Prototyping 5G Devices Capable Of Burning 1Gbps


How would you like to burn through your monthly mobile data cap in 16 seconds flat? The answer to that question is probably ‘not very much’ but none-the-less, that’s where technology is headed, with Samsung now saying that they’ll have the world’s first 5G devices on the market by 2020.

According to a report by Yonhap News, Samsung is testing a prototype platform for future mobile internet connections. The prototype uses a radio with 64 antenna elements, and all together, those antennas are capable of downloading data at a staggering 1 gigabit per second.

Even better? That’s not the upper range of the technology. It could theoretically get even faster. It’s like FiOS for your smartphone.

There’s a lot of questions here — what the hell is battery life like? Will the industry adopt a technology and standard that Samsung controls? etc. — but there’s plenty of time to iron these details out. Who knows? Maybe the iPhone 10 and Samsung Galaxy S13 will be 5Gers.