5G has been popping up a lot in conversations pertaining to the Internet and smartphones, but what exactly is it and how is it supposed to make our lives better?
5G is the fifth generation of mobile conductivity, which will replace the 4G icon on your phone screen, and tech exports are already going crazy over what it will do prospectively. Wireless networks have been evolving approximately every 10 years, since 1G was implemented in 1982, and they have to keep evolving in order to keep up with new gadgetry.
5G is expected to be 30 to 50 times faster than 4G LTE, with download speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. This means that high-def movies can be downloaded to your phone in mere seconds. It will also handle ultra HD and 3D videos more easily, which mean it will be great for VR or AR experiences, and apparently improve devices’ battery life significantly.
But all of these promises should be taken with a grain of salt — as advertised network speeds are always heavily marketed but don’t always live up to the hype.
U.S. carriers’ target for full 5G implementation is by 2020, though that’s a lofty goal. However, companies like Version and T-Mobile have already started running 5G trials. 5G-enabled smartphones should also be on the market next year.