5G Smartphones and Education Tech


Eager to pick up a next-generation 5G smartphone? Kiplinger reports that sales start in 2019 for handsets with new radio chips that support faster 5G cellular service. The new phones will still be compatible with 4G, today’s most advanced cell network. The speedier phones will make up a tiny sliver of all phone sales at first, even in leading 5G nations, such as China, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. But in a few years 5G devices will kick-start global phone sales. By 2023, hundreds of millions of the devices will be in the hands of data-hungry consumers.

One thing’s certain about the renewed competition in education tech: Schools can expect better deals from leading providers such as Apple, Google and Microsoft for tablets, laptops and software designed for the classroom. Apple, for instance, recently launched a $299 iPad and a new app for teachers. Google will maintain its lead in education hardware. Its cheap, thin laptops called Chromebooks accounted for 60% of education devices shipped to K-12 schools in the U.S. at the end of 2017. By contrast, Apple grabbed only 12% of the market.

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