If the steady march toward a $1,000 price tag being totally normal for a smartphone is starting to seem ridiculous, 5G provide some relief. Can 5G drive down the cost of smartphones? Yes, because with 5G your smartphone can be way dumber — and cheaper — without sacrificing speed.
5G will enable the transfer of computing power from the device to the network edge and cloud computing. The result could be the return to a sanity in smartphone prices.
“Can my $1,000 mobile phone be $10 or $20 dollars, where all the intelligence is really sitting at the edge?,” Mazin Gilbert, vice president for AT&T said at the company’s Business Summit on Thursday, according to Forbes. “It’s absolutely possible.”
As if we needed another reason to get excited about 5G.