Verizon's 5G network now exists in only a small handful of cities. It is the first to offer 5G, and will be in numerous 2019 flagships from Samsung, Google and other phone manufacturers. Verizon's 5G service for smartphones will only begin rolling out in "early 2019". This is said to work even if your finger is wet or oily.
Also during the event, Justin Denison, senior VP of mobile product strategy and marketing for Samsung Electronics America, discussed Samsung's commitment to 5G including bringing the first flagship 5G smartphone to the U.S. in the first half of 2019 using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 mobile chip with 5G X50 modem. Notably it will use a millimeter wave network and should deliver some fast speeds.
Qualcomm has revealed the latest version of its Snapdragon mobile chip for smart phones at the third Snapdragon Summit event in Maui, Hawaii. Its 2019 flagship will be the first to get the new Qualcomm silicon, and it also plans to offer a 5G phone - in Europe, at least - sometime in 2019 as well.
Snapdragon 855 is Qualcomm's next-gen processor platform. The 855 is the first Snapdragon chipset to support the next generation image and video storage codec (Google recently added support for the file format alongside Android 9 Pie).
With that said, Verizon and AT&T's 5G networks will only be available in a small number of markets when smartphones running Qualcomm's 5G-enabled chips roll out.
Although it should be noted more waves and bands supported means the device will have an easier time overseas. You can also expect some other devices from the brand, hopefully one or two that come to America. A Bloomberg report this week said that Apple will hold off on launching an iPhone on the ultra-fast 5G network until 2020 at the earliest. The potential limitation of 5G could be a reason why it's unlikely we'll see 5G-capable iPhones next year. And while a majority of OEMs have depended on optical in-display sensors from China, the narrative could be changing soon, as Qualcomm has today announced a much more sophisticated alternative to what we have seen from China so far.