ADVERTORIAL – Source: Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Multi-gigabit speeds, up to 10X less latency than 4G, and extreme reliability and scalability — these are some of the benefits of 5G. But how could they actually impact one’s life? As the next-generation of wireless rolls out around the globe, it’s an exciting time to think about the new possibilities for those who are first to adopt 5G.

5G is here, with networks and devices now live and available in many cities across the globe. Qualcomm worked on the mobile technologies to make it happen for over a decade. The company’s innovations range from solving once-thought-impossible challenges, like mobilizing mmWave, to developing the first ever announced 5G modem and mobile platform, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, respectively. The technologies are incorporated into now-released 5G devices in Europe like the Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered LG V50 ThinQ 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, OPPO Reno 5G, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G, and ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G. Thanks, in part, to these groundbreaking developments, a whole new class of 5G-driven user experiences is on the way.

To offer a sneak peek at some of the ways 5G could change your life, we dove into four categories: watching, gaming, shopping, and communicating. 

Watch in brand new ways

The way we watch has already changed significantly in recent years. Rather than flip channels, we now stream TV, movies, and other video at our leisure and on a wide variety of mobile devices. 5G can improve these experiences and open the door to brand new ones. 

For example, watching could be virtually lag-free, and consumers on 5G networks have already reported the ability to download full-length, high-definition movies in less than 10 seconds. 

The speed and latency improvements enabled by 5G could also make watching more immersive, social, and personalized. 5G could unlock photorealistic boundless XR with 6DoF, or six degrees of freedom of movement, so you could actually feel like you are inside worlds that could previously only be experienced on a screen. Shared viewing displays would make it possible to watch a football game with a friend thousands of miles away — imagine a screen you could both share that includes a video chat window, live feed of the game, player stats, and a window for additional multimedia. Such displays could even personalize what you see, automatically switching between your favorite camera angles, zoom shots, and replays to show you every inch of the game.

Game with ultra-low latency — on mobile and in AR

QC_IFA_Advertorial4_Image_1Reaction time is everything in gaming. Just a slight delay can cause you to miss your shot in a first-person shooter game or mishandle a turn in a racing game. And that’s why the ultra-low latency of 5G is key to unlocking peak gaming performance. 

Overcoming latency hurdles will do more than just smooth out the games you’re already playing, though; it will make brand new types of immersive gaming possible. Cloud gaming could prosper, especially on mobile. And combined with AI, multiplayer AR gaming could be a reality. Using only your smartphones, you and friends could play an AR paintball game that blends the real world with features of a virtual one. Just like in an actual paintball game that involves running around a field, you could scan the area in search of your friends — but you’d be firing off digital paintballs with just a tap of your screen. Oh, and get ready for next-level graphics that are richer and more realistic than ever. 

Communicate seamlessly with anyone, anywhere

Texting, video chatting, social media, and more — we have plenty of options for communicating. With 5G, they can get so much better.

Before 5G, latency hindered many of these experiences. Video chats lagged, and while real-time translation existed, latency continues to be a limiting factor. But with a powerful combination of 5G and AI, in addition to the Wireless Edge transformation, it’s possible to transcend language barriers and connect over video chat with virtually anyone regardless of language. What’s more, face mapping could provide realistic lip sync so it can truly look — not just sound—as if the other person is speaking your language. 

Shop with ease 

QC_IFA_Advertorial4_Image_2The AR capabilities made possible by 5G can revolutionize the way you shop, too. If you’re looking for a couch for your new home, for example, you won’t need to pull out your tape measurer or guess if the color matches the walls. Using your 5G smartphone, you could simply download detailed specs from a retailer and use your phone to view a virtual 3D model of the couch in your own living room. 

If you do choose to walk around brick-and-mortar stores, however, AR wearables could enrich the experience. Digital pop-ups in your AR glasses could give you additional information about items you’re eyeing, or even make personalized suggestions based on your preferences. 

This is just a fraction of what 5G could do for you. Qualcomm was first to 5G, and first to bring 5G to Europe. As more networks and devices go live, and as the technology advances even further, 5G can revolutionize nearly every industry and technological experience of our lives. With 5G, everything has the potential to become faster, more reliable, and more connected.  

Learn more about our 5G future when Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon takes the IFA stage for his keynote today (September 6). 

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