5G in PCs? That's Lenovo's plan for early 2020 with Qualcomm's new chips

CNET | 2/25/2019 | Shara Tibken
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Lenovo's Yoga C630 used Qualcomm's chips to connect to 4G LTE networks.

Move over, 5G phones. The ultrafast connectivity's also coming to PCs.

Qualcomm - Monday - MWC - Barcelona - Second-generation

Qualcomm on Monday at MWC in Barcelona said it has paired its second-generation 5G modem, the X55, with its 8cx processor for computers that it unveiled in December. The new Snapdragon 8cx 5G compute platform will let computer makers release devices later this year and early next year that connect to the new, ultrafast 5G networks.

The company expects to see businesses roll out their own, private 5G networks in their buildings, which "will allow for a more security-rich, high-performance data link for the next generation of connected applications and experiences for the modern connected worker."

Lenovo - PC - Market

Lenovo said it will "be the first" to have a Snapdragon-enabled 5G PC on the market in early 2020.

"This new generation of smart PCs that will offer artificial intelligence, high performance, long battery life and always-on connectivity has the promise of enabling better, faster and more seamless experiences for consumers, small businesses and large enterprises," Johnson Jia, senior vice president and general manager of Lenovo's Intelligent Devices Group's consumer PCs and smart devices, said in a press release.

Promises - Speed - Coverage - Responsiveness - Wireless

5G promises to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. It'll also boost how fast a device will connect to the network with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.

MWC, the world's biggest mobile trade show, has seen announcement after announcement of companies working on 5G -- and Qualcomm has been part of most of them. Lenovo joined Qualcomm at its press conference Monday to...
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