5G PCs and laptops will be here by the end of next year

Intel 5G PC

There have been plenty of 4G-enabled laptops and tablets over recent years, allowing you to get online wherever you go using a mobile SIM card, but now Intel have pledged that we’ll start to see super-fast 5G devices go on sale by the end of next year.

Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will all have devices with Intel XMM 8000 series 5G modems inside them during the second half of 2019, according to Intel, with the first due to be shown off at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) show that takes place in Barcelona next week.

MWC is very much the E3 of the mobile phone world, where all of this year’s big flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and such will be making their worldwide debut. This means it’s also a good place to talk about new mobile phone network standards, with 5G having been a hot topic for some years now. While 5G has yet to be rolled out on any kind of major national scale, it’s something that’s very much on its way, and will hopefully deliver faster phone speeds at a much greater capacity than what’s currently available on regular old 4G.

The 5G PC at MWC, meanwhile, will be a detachable two-in-one hybrid laptop with an 8th Gen Core i5 Coffee Lake processor inside, says Intel, who will be demonstrating how you can livestream video over a 5G network.

That might not sound particularly exciting, but Intel also say that 5G could potentially allow for untethered VR from anywhere in the world, as well as ultra quick download speeds wherever you are, allowing you to pull down 250MB files in a matter of seconds. They even go on suggest you could use 5G to, and I quote, “continue participating in a multiplayer game as you ride in an autonomous vehicle on the way to class.” A bit far-fetched for most of us, perhaps (not to mention entirely unsafe and probably astronomically expensive given current contract prices), but that’s the kind of thing 5G will be capable of handling.

“Intel is investing deeply across its wireless portfolio and partners to bring 5G-connected mobile PCs to market, with benefits for users, like high-quality video on-the-go, high-end gaming, and seamless connections as users traverse Wi-Fi and cellular networks,” the CPU giant said in a statement. “With 5G’s critical speeds and capacity, Intel will help to open the door to new experiences hardly imaginable today, and make connecting online from anywhere, anytime the norm.”

Here’s a little teaser video to whet your appetite:

12 Comments

  1. Troubletcat says:

    Wouldn’t you rack up hundreds of dollars on your phone bill in minutes if you actually tried to download anything big enough to care about this speed increase?

    • ThePuzzler says:

      Not everyone pays by the megabyte.

    • Dewal says:

      Where I live you can have 100Go of data in 4G for 16€ per month through one of our cheapest FAI (the coverage is crap but when you have it, it’s fast as it should). It’s plenty enough for a normal user to play and watch movies.

    • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

      I concur: it’s time to invent technology that makes mobile operators a bit less of bastards in terms of data plan pricing.

    • Stevostin says:

      From what I understand 5g users, unlike 4g ones, don’t share a local bandwith so it’s likely to be unlimited…

      • Siimon says:

        Local bw isn’t all that makes it limited… It costs the provider money when you download stuff from the internet (bandwidth costs, or even if they have peering agreements out the wazoo then infrastructure/hardware costs, etc)

      • mike69 says:

        From day 1 text messages have had literally no overhead. If you think that’s enough to stop a telco billing you then I have a bridge to sell.

  2. lglethal says:

    If i remember correctly, there is currently no official standard yet which defines 5G, and since no network has deployed 5G capable comms equipment, arent Intel jumping the gun a little here?

    • theslap says:

      I believe the first steps in standardization has been completed for 5G. However, there aren’t any 5G towers available for commercial use AFAIK. It does seem like a they are jumping the gun a bit. Then again, it always seems to work this way. We got 4K TVs before you could buy 4K movies, etc. It’s just a way for the company to force itself into an uptapped and yet-to-exist market.

  3. Stevostin says:

    IMO the real point with 5g is cloud pc like Shadow Blade. 5g and that make our towers mostly irrelevant, clunky and overpriced.

  4. mike69 says:

    Who is this *for*?

    The only time I ever need mobile internet is on the train, which never has mobile signal. It also offers free WiFi, but that uses mobile internet so it’s not much help.

    I imagine anyone in a position to get a good 5g signal is also 6 feet from a WiFi router.

    And I’ll echo the thoughts of the first poster, unlimited mobile internet, at least here, is expensive. All 5g would enable over 4g is the ability to increase my bill faster.

    When the best persona they can concoct for their product literally doesn’t exist you have to wonder.

  5. poohbear says:

    yes try to use “unlimited” data on a PC here in Canada with our data plan rates. Each time i’d have to unbuckle my pants and bend right over while using my PC cause that’s essentially what’s happening to us with our Data plan rates. pure sodomy.