Google is working on 5G version of smartphone: report
Alphabet Inc. is working on a 5G version of its Pixel 4 smartphone, but don’t expect a sneak peek next week.
has scheduled a Pixel product event in New York on Oct. 15, where a version of the phone based on the superfast technology could be previewed, according to a report from Nikkei. (Google is expected to announce new smartphones, and potentially a new smartwatch and laptop at the event.)
But a first-look at 5G is unlikely since any news about the next-generation technology would undercut sales of the company’s current Pixel phones, according to a source familiar with Google’s strategy.
A Google spokesman declined to comment on the report.
Regardless, Google will undoubtedly be the latest smartphone maker to join the 5G fray, probably in 2020, leaving Apple Inc.
as the last major vendor to announce its plans. Many expect Apple to unveil 5G-enabled iPhones in September 2020.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
and Huawei Technologies — the Nos. 1 and 2 smartphone makers in the world — have already released 5G phones.
If, and when, Apple gets into the 5G market, it is likely to create a big splash.
“We expect solid consumer interest in 5G phones at the premium end of the North American market, and Apple is well-positioned to drive an outsized share with its 2020 product cycle,” JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee wrote in a research note on Sept. 30. He projects Apple will sell 198 million iPhones in 2020 and 200 million in 2021.