Sony bets everything on 5G, at least in high-end phones

Apparently Sony has decided to bet on 5G in the most important mobiles that will launch from now, at least in Japan.

A few months ago Sony confirmed that the reason for not abandoning mobile telephony, or the most important of them, was the strategic importance of the telephony division in other areas where Sony wanted to be especially relevant, such as 5G.

Thus, the Japanese company decreased its product catalog and focused on countries where it was especially relevant, such as its native country.

Today we learn that the company has taken another step in this direction, and will stop launching high-end mobile phones without 5G.

The 5G will be in the best Sony phones

According to the Japanese medium Sumahoinfo, the Sony Xperia 5 will be the last high-end terminal of the company that launches without 5G connectivity.

Sony Xperia 5

Sony Xperia 5, the company’s latest high-end mobile

This will be the case at least in the Japanese market , where as we say the networks are about to be deployed by companies such as NTT DoCoMo and there will be a greater demand for this type of products.

However, it is not unreasonable to think that the company only markets devices of this type in all markets where it has a presence since it is not in many countries where it was previously more important. Despite that, there is no official confirmation yet from the company, and we will have to wait until spring 2020 to see the company’s new top-of-the-range smartphones.

Sony’s future

We will have to wait a few years to see how the manufacturer’s market share evolves and how they are introduced in new markets, such as 5G, home automation or smart cities, if they want to cover their market exit, in practice. of smartphones.

For Google it is not yet time to buy a 5G mobile

The vice president of the Google product division clarified why the Pixel 4 is released without a 5G version: “It’s not the time.”

After years of reading about 5G , and after attending a multitude of events and fairs related to this new wireless mobile connectivity, we all knew that 2019 would be the starting point for the commercial launch of the technology. So it was: we can not only buy 5G phones , also use them in Spanish networks. Of course, after making intensive use of 5G, we have found that there is still much to succeed among the general public.

5G is still a minority (in Spain only Vodafone has included it in its rates), it has not been deployed with the promised features (initially it is NSA , so it is supported by 4G) and compatible mobiles are scarce and expensive . With this scenario, Google’s vice president of product, Brian Rakowski , confirmed what was already known: it is not yet time to buy 5G phones. Therefore, neither to manufacture them.

«We will take out a phone when we think it is a good time for users, but now is not the time»

Para Google aún no es el momento de comprar un móvil 5G

5G on the LG V50 5G

Brian’s words are categorical and make it clear what Google thinks of implementing 5G in today’s phones. This was explained by the vice president of product to PC Mag during the presentation event of the Pixel 4 . As previously filtered, neither of the two models (the normal and the XL) has a version with 5G technology.

Brian Rakowski does not close the door to technology because he says they are working on it, but it is not a priority for the Google product division. And it gives other compelling reasons:

“It will come, but now is not the right time to buy a 5G mobile. From the perspective of implementation and also from the perspective of hardware and telephone »…« [The 5G] is not yet ready for consumers ».

Although it is clear that 5G has at least a year or two left to reach a certain maturity , it is also true that Google should not lag behind in the implementation of cutting-edge hardware technologies. Although the Pixel 4 include a remarkable amount of innovation, with developments in software and hardware, both phones are somewhat outdated in general terms of power and performance. With an increasingly aggressive competition, especially in the range of 300 to 600 euros, Google should not be allowed to walk behind .

A Samsung Galaxy A90 5G and unlimited data for 50 euros per month

Vodafone has put on sale a pack that includes an unlimited data rate, a Samsung Galaxy A90 5G and more products for 50 euros per month.

5G technology continues to expand in Spain but few still value buying a terminal with this connectivity, partly because of its cost. Mobile phones with 5G are usually better than their alternatives with 4G, but also more expensive.

Vodafone is trying to encourage the purchase of these models by packaging them in products that include both a terminal and a vodafone rate, both at reduced prices compared to the official ones.

Unlimited 5G pack with the Galaxy A90 5G

Vodafone has announced a new pack of this type, which includes the new Samsung model, the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G and its Unlimited Total rate for a cost of 50 euros per month for two years, which implies a saving of 150 euros over the free price of the terminal and 50% on the monthly cost of the rate.

Features of the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G, la gama media más potente de Samsung

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 eight-core.
    • 4 x Cortex A55 at 1.8 GHz.
    • 3 x Cortex A76 at 2.42 GHz.
    • 1 x Cortex A76 at 2.84 GHz.
  • RAM memory : 6/8 GB.
  • Storage
    • Internal: 128 GB
    • SD Card: only in the 6 GB RAM model (cards up to 512 GB).
  • Screen .
    • Size: 6.7 inches Super AMOLED.
    • Infinity-U Display panel.
    • Resolution: 2400 × 1080 pixels.
  • Rear camera.
    • Resolution: 48 + 8 Mpx (ultra panoramic) + 5 Mpx (depth).
    • Openings: f / 2.0 + f / 2.2 + f / 2.2.
    • Others: LED Flash.
  • Front camera.
    • Resolution: 32 Mpx.
    • Opening: f / 2.0.
  • Others:
    • USB C connector.
    • Fingerprint sensor on screen.
    • Facial recognition.
  • Dimensions: 164.8 x 76.4 x 8.4 mm.
  • Weight: 206 g
  • Battery: 4500 mAh with fast charging of 25 W.
  • System:
    • Android version: One 9 Pie.
    • One UI custom layer.

Virtual reality glasses and flat gaming rate

In addition to the flat data rate and the terminal, the unlimited 5G Pack includes VR virtual reality glasses Homido V2 , for use with the mobile and take advantage of the speed of 5G networks.

This includes a subscription year to the Hatch payment rate, the gaming service that Vodafone promotes with its 5G rates

Is 5G worth it?

It is clear that Vodafone wants to increase its 5G customer base by promoting the purchase of terminals and new contracts. The question about whether it is worth it or not is personal, but we invite you to watch the video we recorded for this purpose:

Google is working on a Pixel 5G that would arrive in 2020, according to Nikkei

Next week, October 15, we have an appointment with Google. As every year, Google will host the Made by Google event where, if everything goes as …

Next week, October 15 , we have an appointment with Google. As every year, Google will host the Made by Google event where, if everything goes as we expect, we will see the new Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL (two phones that, by the way, have leaked to the smallest detail ). But it seems that they will not be the only Pixel on the horizon, because the company is working on a 5G model.

This is what Nikkei says, citing some sources that say “Google is also working on a version with 5G technology , which is in trial production.” The Pixel 4, meanwhile, “are already in mass production and will be ready to be sent after the presentation.”

In tests in China

Pixel 4

They claim from the Asian media that Google is already testing the 5G mobile in China , although it will manufacture it outside to avoid US tariffs. As for the presentation, Nikkei sources believe that Google would delay the launch until the spring of 2020 to announce it with cheaper Pixel (successors of the Pixel 3rd and 3rd XL ).

The only thing that is “known” of its components is the processor, which will be the Snapdragon 855 . That makes sense, since this SoC is not only what we expect in Pixel 4 , but it can also be combined with Qualcomm’s X50 or X55 modems to offer access to the 5G network. Be that as it may, Google has not wanted to make statements to the media.

With this move, Google would advance Apple and be the first American company to launch a 5G mobile

If this movement is confirmed, Google would be the first American brand to launch a 5G mobile , as Apple is expected to delay the launch of an iPhone 5G until September 2020 , when the networks are more established in the main markets. And we talk about American brands, but globally manufacturers such as Samsung, Xiaomi or Huawei have already taken the lead .

Be that as it may, at the moment it is nothing more than a rumor / leak. It will not be until October 15 when we leave doubts . In the Made by Google event, the company is also expected to announce a new Google Home Mini and lately there is also talk about possible wireless headphones . Six days we have left to clear the mystery.

Via | Nikkei