This article is based on the Japanese version of Engadget and was created by machine translation.
On the sidelines of the 5G pre-service launch event "5G OPEN DAY", NTT Docomo announced the availability of 5G pre-service smartphones.
Docomo plans to launch 5G commercial service in the spring of 2020. Ahead of that, on September 20, the 5G pre-service will be set up to promote the new elements of 5G at events and other venues. And the company now showed off three 5G smartphones and one indoor 5G Wi-Fi router.
5G prototype of Xperia 1
The 5G smartphone from Sony Mobile looks like an even longer Xperia 1, with a "5GmmWAVE" sign in the lower-left front that touts millimeter-wave compatibility.
The prototype first appeared at the exhibition "MWC 19 Barcelona" in February this year. At that time, it was introduced as "Xperia 1 based prototype", and only supported millimeter-wave bands, but now it supports Sub-6 (frequencies below 6 GHz).
A 2-screen smartphone that looks like "LG V 50 ThinQ"
One of the most eye-catching 5G prototypes is a two-screen smartphone from LG Electronics. LG has released 2 5G 2-screen smartphones so far, but judging from the screen resolution (2160 x 1080 dots and 3120 x 1440 dots) that Docomo has revealed, the base model is definitely the LG V 50 ThinQ. This test device supports Sub-6 but does not support millimeter waves.
According to Docomo, the company wants to push multi-angle distribution as a way to showcase 5G. The two-screen smartphone will be used for live broadcasting of "New Experience Live" and information distribution on sightseeing trains working with JR Kyushu.
A smartphone that looks like "Galaxy S10 5G"
Samsung's smartphone has a two-lens front camera and a four-lens out camera. In terms of size, it seems to be based on the Galaxy S 10 5G. This supports both sub-6 and millimeter waves.
NTT Docomo is cooperating with Korean carriers KT and SK Telecom in the development of 5G technology. The Galaxy S 10 5G and LG V 50 ThinQ are available for sale as Korean 5G services. We believe that two models that have already been used in commercial services were selected as test devices in Japan.
For your information, Softbank's pre-service also uses a 5G prototype based on the AQUOS R3, but Docomo seems to have stopped using it this time.
It's a prototype, but the Docomo logo is printed well
All of the 5G smartphones shown are prototypes, with no plans to put them on the market. Some models are similar to the 5G smartphones already introduced overseas, but Docomosays that "Some models have a base model, but Docomo treats them as prototypes and has no plans to put them on the market.".
However, the "docomo" logo is printed on the back even though it is not for sale, showing Docomo's commitment to 5G (and commitment to logo printing).
The chipset and modems are all Snapdragon 855 + Snapdragon X 50 5G modems. At the moment, 5G modems are the only Snapdragon X 50 modem apart from Huawei smartphones, so it can't be helped that they have similar configurations.
And indoor 5G and Wi-Fi router
Docomo will also provide a Sharp 5G Wi-Fi router for indoor use as a non-smartphone 5G terminal. It grabs 5G and 4G LTE signals and outputs them to Wi-Fi and Ethernet. It is supposed to be used as a stationary, so it is quite thick. The chipset and modem use the same Snapdragon 855 + Snapdragon X 50 5G modem as the phones above.
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