Intel to demo 5G-connected PC at Mobile World Congress

Intel plans powerful 5G laptops for 2019 to take on Qualcomm's always-connected PCs

Intel partners with Dell, Lenovo, and HP to build 5G-ready PCs

Qualcomm has already outlined its ambitions for the always connected PC with 5G connectivity and today, Intel announced the steps it is taking to compete.

Collaborations with HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Microsoft, will bring the Intel XMM 8000 line of 5G multimode modems to consumers and businesses alike.

By The original uploader was VD64992 at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsThe chip maker aims to show off the strength of its 5G technology by targeting video streaming and online gaming.

The company said it'll show off what 5G might look like in a laptop at a special Mobile World Congress demonstration next week. Intel gave the following examples as new consumer scenarios that will be enabled by 5G connected PCs.

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Intel expects the first high-performing 5G-connected PCs to hit the market in the second half of 2019. "To expand our entry into the China phone ecosystem, Intel and Unigroup Spreadtrum and RDA have established a multi-year collaboration to develop a portfolio of 5G products for mobile platforms, combining Intel 5G modems with Spreadtrum application processor technology", the company said in a blog post. Upcoming 5G-capable PCs will use Intel's XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems to deliver much faster wireless speeds to detachable 2-in-1 devices and laptops.

Intel is saying the PC will become a "central hub" for processing incredible amounts of data, once 5G is available. The company expects edge computing to be the next major area of 5G technology to offer room for growth.

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

Intel is joining other industry leaders to jump knee deep into plans to blanket the tech industry with 5G wireless solutions in the coming years. Just yesterday, AT&T announced that it would begin offering mobile 5G services to customers in a dozen cities across the U.S.

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