UTB has covered 5G and the changes that come with this soon-to-be disruptive technology. But like all paradigm changes, there are pluses and minuses. The downside to this revolutionary technology may be an unintended impact to the most loyal users and manufacturers – a delay to the introduction or purchase of new handsets.
In a nutshell, 5G tech will rock the world of smartphone users! The benefits are a log-scale ahead of where we are now but whether early-adapters will benefit or not is difficult to tell at this stage. As a fellow tech-lover you may be curious about my hesitation. So here are a few items to consider (in no particular order)-
- Consumers may be the first ones to have access due to the initial outlay (=cost) of all new phones for an Enterprise and the lack of 5G in their various markets,
- Speaking of new phones, 5G tech will require new handsets as it is simply not compatible with the existing ones,
- Android manufacturers have already announced the jump into 5G handset development, but the Cupertino Cowboys have been tight-lipped, the proverbial ‘Walled-Off Garden’ could lose-out if they do not keep pace – the consumer and Enterprise market is eager for true ‘innovation’
- Manufacturers may be behind the eight-ball as they need to keep introducing new phones to market but consumers may want to hold-off on replacing their existing handsets until 5G becomes available. Case in point, TCL and Optiemus have released KEYtwo and Evolve respectively. While I do not have any hidden insights into the ‘Roadmap’, if they do not release another handset until 1Q/2019 would you be willing to hand over your hard-earned money knowing full well that later that same year it could be obsolete?
I would be very interested in obtaining an Evolve X as I’m a VKB guy who travels internationally on occasion, but as much as I’d love to upgrade my KEYone the thought of a newer, better handset in one year makes me reluctant.
So I thought we could do a quick survey-