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Affordable 5G phones will arrive in early 2020

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Affordable 5G phones will be available from early 2020, after Qualcomm announced its third generation 5G chip at MWC 2019.

We've seen the first 5G smartphones launch in the past week, and they all have one thing in common - they're flagships. That means they'll come with a flagship price tag, putting them out of reach for many consumers.

The first affordable 5G handsets will be packing the new Snapdragon chipset with integrated 5G - the first chip to offer this.

The new chipset will be in the hands of phone manufactures from Q2 2019, with Samsung already confirmed to use it in future devices.

5G for all

The hope is this new chip will help broad, fast 5G adoption around the world, expediting the roll out of the network, providing increased speeds to more people, more quickly.

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest showcase for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2019 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.