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Four vendors debut 5G phones, while Samsung is also first to WiFi 6

With Apple playing its usual cautious game in terms of supporting a new mobile generation, the first wave of 5G smartphones is coming entirely from Asia. Samsung got to the post first, but a trio of Chinese companies – Huawei, ZTE and Xiaomi – were also launching 5G devices at Mobile World Congress. As well as its Galaxy 10 5G, and much-discussed Samsung Fold, the Korean company introduced the world’s first smartphone supporting WiFi 6, which many observers believe will be an important part of the broader 5G experience, and which will certainly have some 5G-like experiences. The WiFi 6 chip comes from Broadcom (the BCM4375) and supports Bluetooth 5, real simultaneous dual-band operation, a WiFi PHY rate of 1.43Gbps,…

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