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With the launch of 5G networks and devices on the horizon, there is a unique opportunity to potentially drive handset and content innovation. However, there are multiple challenges facing both operators and handset providers in getting consumers excited about 5G on their smartphones.


  • 5G handsets will drive 5G subscription uptake and not the other way around.
  • Both operators and manufacturers need to push content and experiences to cater to 5G's use cases.
  • 5G prototype devices will start production in 2017.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the different potential use cases for 5G smartphones.
  • Evaluates what lessons can be learned from the uptake of 4G devices and services.
  • Identifies the key players that are likely to make the opening moves in the 5G race.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key benefits of 5G for handsets?
  • Will 5G drive a re-integration of the smartphone and the service plan?
  • When will 5G devices first hit the market?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: 5G smartphones – a platform for innovation

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