At the recent Google I/O, developers could get a glimpse of the future of wireless with Sprint's 5G NR connectivity powering Android applications. I/O attendees from around the globe were among the first to experience Sprint's 5G with applications running on the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, Sprint's first 5G smartphone.
Sprint used Ericsson 5G Massive MIMO radios to deliver over-the-air dual-connectivity with 60 MHz of 2.5 GHz on LTE and 40 MHz of 2.5 GHz on 5G NR. Demonstrations include YouTube 4K video streaming, gaming, and augmented reality. Using the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, attendees experienced touchless control to interact with their environment, performing common tasks hands-free with just a wave. The large OLED screen, which doubles as a speaker, also provides an immersive entertainment experience.
Sprint will begin launching mobile 5G service in the first four expected 5G markets – Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Kansas City - on 31st May. The service is expected to be available in Sprint's other 5G markets – Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. – in the next few weeks.