Sprint, LG launch together first 5G smartphone in the US

The partnership is part of Sprint's efforts to persuade antitrust regulators to approve its merger with larger rival T-Mobile

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One of the biggest US wireless carriers Sprint has announced intentions to work with tech giant LG to release a 5G smartphone for Sprint’s nascent next-generation network sometime in the first half of 2019. Currently, there are no concrete details for the device other than the vague release date of the first 5G smartphone in the US and the fact that LG will be making it, but the companies said they would have more information on device specifications and exact timing of the launch at a later date.

Since Sprint plans to launch its 5G network in 2019, however, it makes sense that it would put deals in place for the devices that will support it when it rolls out.

"Sprint is moving fast on the road to 5G and we are thrilled to announce the first 5G smartphone with the innovative team at LG," said Sprint CTO Dr. John Saw in a statement. "LG has done tremendous work developing technical designs that enable us to be among the first movers in mobile 5G. Today's announcement brings us one step closer to putting a beautifully-designed advanced 5G smartphone in our customer's hands."

Sprint’s press release also highlighted its use of Massive MIMO technology as part of the 5G strategy that the new, unnamed LG phone will support.

The deal comes after last month, Sprint introduced new unlimited wireless plans bundled with video streaming platform Hulu and music streaming service Tidal, in an effort to attract more customers with media content.
Sprint however, isn’t the only network starting to lay the groundwork for 5G. Motorola has already promised a 5G Moto Mod for the Moto Z3 that will support Verizon’s 5G network sometime in 2019 as well.

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