Intel announced that it’s collaborating with several hardware manufacturers to create laptops next year that are capable of connecting to 5G networks.
Microsoft, Dell, HP, and Lenovo have agreed to ship laptops with XMM 8000 series modem starting in the second half of 2019.
It marks the first time we’ve heard the next-gen network technology making its way to laptops. Qualcomm, one of Intel’s main competitors, announced the Always Connected PC platform late last year but hasn’t said anything about 5G connectivity with custom modems. So there might be an opening for Intel to lead in the industry with its new modem for laptops.
The XMM 8000 series modem is also compatible with LTE, 3G, and 2G networks.
What Intel’s announcement also tells us is that Microsoft plans to ship a 5G-ready Surface device sometime next year. Perhaps the Surface Pro will be first, or maybe Microsoft will add connectivity to its entire lineup.
None of its partners are ready to show any hardware themselves, but Intel will have a 2-in-1 concept on display at MWC 2018 next week. Intel will use the prototype to showcase how these laptops can handle live-streaming on a 5G network.