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5G: What is it? What does it mean for your smartphone?

January 8, 2018


Are you ready for 5G?

On Thursday, AT&T confirmed the first smartphones supporting the new wireless service will arrive later this year.
The transition to 5G promises faster smartphones, and a lot more. Here’s what you need to know about 5G.

1. What is 5G?

It stands for fifth generation. So, this would mark the fifth generation mobile network.

2. What does this mean for my smartphone?

Compared to 4G, which is what most smartphones use now, 5G offers a lot more bandwidth and lower latency, which means it can support the transfer of more data with fewer delays. Put simply, smartphone owners will be able to do things like upload or download videos and photos a lot faster. How much faster is still not clear yet.