Intel and Qualcomm show off prototype hardware for building 5G into computers

Many of the first devices to support 5G will be smartphones, but eventually, the technology is going to be available in a much wider range of devices. Last week at MWC, we got our first look at how that might work for computers, with AnandTech reporting that both Intel and Qualcomm were showing off 5G modems that connected to desktops or laptop machines via their M.2 sockets.

However, before you start betting on being able to plug in one of these modules for yourself and upgrade your desktop or laptop to 5G, it looks like these aren’t being intended as aftermarket upgrades. Both modules appear to rely on being connected to external 5G antennas, which don’t tend to be user-upgradeable. Instead, the intended customers for these are likely…

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