MWC 2018: Intel’s First 5G 2-in-1 PC Concept Is Finally Here


Update (01/03/2018, 9:36 AM IST): The MWC 2018 is going on to showcase a number of amazing technologies to people around the world. As promised last week, Intel has put up for demo their 2-in-1 Windows PC concept flaunting the company’s 5G technology.

The concept can be placed in vertical and horizontal positions with the help of the two flaps. But they’re more than that. The flaps include the early prototype of Intel’ 5G modem as an effort to minimize interference.

In the demo, the 5G network link appears to be blazing fast when streaming a 4K resolution movie at around 4Gbps speed. But it should be noted that this is a demo setup. We’ll have to wait till next year to experience the real world performance of 5G.

You can check out the action in the video below:

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Intel is planning to prepare our computers for the upcoming telecommunication breakthrough, 5G. The company has partnered with Microsoft, Dell, HP, and Lenovo to bring Windows laptops with 5G connectivity through their XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems. These laptops are expected to release sometime in the second half of 2019.

The news came just a day after Qualcomm announced the list of carriers for the ARM-powered Windows 10 Always Connected PCs. At the MWC 2018 which is just around the corner, Intel will give a glimpse of the first 5G-connected Windows PC. But their 2-in-1 detachable concept, featuring an early 5G modem, would source its power from 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPUs.

The 5G standard is designed to take our wireless connectivity experience to another level, exploring possibilities that are unheard in the current scenario. For instance, it could be used to provide an untethered VR experience on the go or let users download a 250MB file in seconds in a parking lot.

What 5G can do will be visible when it arrives in the real world. The hype was built in the case of the existing 4G LTE as well, which offers a theoretical download speed of 100 Mbps. But most of the networks around the world struggle to touch even 50 Mbps. According to a recent report by OpenSignal, countries like India have average 4G LTE speeds of just 6 Mbps.

In addition to their 5G dream, Intel will also showcase the first prototype laptop featuring an 802.11ax WiFi capabilities. Last month at CES, Asus announced their new 802.11ax WiFi router RT-AX88U with support for speeds up to 6Gbps.

The company will also demonstrate the eSIM functionality which is already supported by their enterprise and consumer PC modems released since September 2017.

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Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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