Laptops with 5G connectivity coming next year

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Laptops with 5G connectivity coming next year

Intel partners with Microsoft, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

Intel has partnered with four major PC makers to bring 5G technology to laptops by the end of next year.

The chip giant is working with Microsoft, HP, Dell, and Lenovo to bring 5G connectivity to PCs with Intel's XMM 8000 series modems.

It said it expected the first devices to land in the market in the second half of next year.

The modems will still support 2G, 3G, and LTE; telcos globally aren't expected to launch 5G services until 2019 or 2020.

In Australia, the three biggest mobile telcos - Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone - are trialling 5G services and recently snapped up spectrum to use in their 5G networks in the federal government's spectrum auction.

Intel will show off a convertible laptop with 5G connectivity at Mobile World Congress next week by streaming live video. It did not provide details on the device.

The company expects 5G-enabled PCs will enable "high-quality video on-the-go, high-end gaming, and seamless connections", as well as "new experiences hardly imaginable today".

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