With the launch of the Snapdragon 855 chip earlier this month, Qualcomm claimed to fire the starting gun in the race to launch functional 5G handsets. Among those lining up at the gate at its Snapdragon Summit were AT&T, Verizon, UK wireless carrier EE, OnePlus and Samsung, which showed off a prototype of one of the first phones that will support the standard next year. AT&T and Verizon, in particular, have pushed their rivalry into high gear regarding which company will truly be first-to-market with 5G. And while AT&T is launching hotspot service today, both carriers plan to have at least one phone and one hotspot available in the first half of next year.

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