Windows 10 PCs with 5G connectivity arriving next year

Ivan Schwartz
February 23, 2018

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

Intel will be giving a sneak peek at a concept 5G-connected PC during Mobile World Congress next week. The company expects the first 5G-connected PCs to be launched in the second half of 2019, which should give some time to carriers around the world to build their 5G networks. These Windows PCs will be powered by Intel XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems.

But Intel isn't only focused on PCs; it will also have 5G solutions for smartphones, which is the category that will likely see the most widespread adoption of the next generation wireless standard.

Not only will it bring a substantial amount of data needing processing but also new experiences for PC owners.

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But the real benefit is the increased upload and download speeds these new laptops will provide as we have all been in the scenario where we "wait to get back to the office" to download something as you know it will go faster...5G looks to bring the "office" speed, everywhere. The world of 5G is just around the corner and Intel sees themselves as providing the essential processing power that will be necessary to enable devices with 5G connections to reach their full computing potential. Even though LTE notebooks are still relatively rare, with blazingly fast 5G technology, laptops with cellular chips could become the norm (and could even replace wired computers).

More broadly, Intel is pushing 5G's performance chops in terms of delivering high-end online gaming experiences, as well as heavyweight video streaming, and indulging in the likes of untethered VR while on-the-move.

At MWC we're demonstrating the first 5GNR interoperability publicly. Intel made 5G data available to devices in PyeongChang, providing live, field-tested service at various sites in and around the Olympic Village that ran at gigabit speeds.

The development of such devices is critical for Intel, which is in a race with Qualcomm and Samsung to be the provider of choice for 5G modems.

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