LG and Sprint to Ship First 5G-Equipped Smartphone in 2019

As announced in a press release today, Sprint says it’s partnering with LG to release the very first 5G-equipped smartphone in the first half of 2019. The carrier says the device will operate on its own 5G network when it’s up and running. It’s likely the first cities to support Sprint’s new technology will be Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. since the company is already laying down the foundation for 5G in these areas.

“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 Dr. John Saw, Sprint chief technology officer. “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. And we’re excited to revolutionize the mobile industry as we dramatically improve the way Sprint customers work, play and stay connected.”

As far as what device will include the technology, Sprint and LG are being very vague regarding details and specifications. We only know it’ll launch in the first half of 2019 and it’ll feature 5G built-in, a direct departure from Moto who recently introduced a new phone compatible with a Mod that enabled 5G.

“LG has been working side-by-side with Sprint for nearly 20 years, and we are looking forward to expanding this partnership with 5G,” said William Cho, LG Electronics North America President and CEO.  Building on LG’s legacy of innovation, our teams are enthusiastic about partnering with Sprint’s 5G experts to bring next-generation mobile to market in the U.S., while continuing to evolve LG’s best-in-class design elements for Sprint customers.”

All that being said, expect to hear much more regarding this device once we edge closer to 2019 in the months to come.