Lenovo gets a new feather added to its hat. It would be the first ever smartphone manufacturer to launch a 5G smartphone, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset. Confirming this news, a VP for the firm, Chang Cheng, took to Chinese social media site Weibo to reveal the plans.

However, no other details right now have been revealed about the handset. Of course, Lenovo would have stiff competition from a number of rivals as they have all tried and push their 5G devices out towards the end of this year and into 2019.

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Might be December at the earliest:

In all probability, this device won’t be visible to the public eye before December. The prime reason behind this being the Snapdragon 855,  that’s said to be powering the handset, hasn’t been officially launched yet.

Of course, this would be the earliest phone to be realistically announced, and if Lenovo leaves it any later then it would be in danger of missing out on the world first.

While 5G capabilities are likely to be heavily touted in smartphones launched from December onwards, it’s unlikely that users would be able to take advantage of the new network generation right away.

It would take carriers and those in charge of the mobile infrastructure a little while to get their services up and running, so initially, 5G would be a future-proofing feature rather than something for the here and now.