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Samsung smartphone chief: 5G jolt will revive market

Koh Dong-jin says leaps in virtual reality and AI will beckon 'renaissance'

Samsung last month showed off 5G-capable devices as the ultra-fast networks draw closer to commercial use on a wide scale.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The fifth generation of cellular technology will bring a "breakthrough" in smartphone sales, Samsung Electronics' co-CEO told Nikkei recently, saying the high-speed networks will birth new markets in conjunction with artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

AI and 5G "will beckon in a smartphone renaissance" in the next three years, said Koh Dong-jin, who is the South Korean tech giant's information technology and mobile communications chief. With commercial 5G services set for full-scale launches this year in major markets like the U.S. and South Korea, "the skill device-makers show in 2019 and 2020 will heavily impact their futures," he continued.

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