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QUESTION

When will there be 5G hardware like smartphones, laptops and industrial-grade devices? Will they use SIM cards?

5G smartphones are already here – the list of 5G devices is expanding rapidly.

Android and IOS 5G smartphones have been available since mid-2020. Chipset manufacturers like Qualcomm, with its SDX55, support their OEMs in the integration of chips into modems, on-premise customer equipment and embedded systems.

Systems that can detect 5G slices (PNI-NPNs) will become available from 2021 on, as will computers, dongles and industrial equipment.

Most 5G devices will use embedded SIMs, or eSIMS, which are permanently embedded and smaller than nano-SIMs and can easily fit into wearables. SIM cards will continue to be used in larger devices like smartphones.

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