The hype for 5G has been ramping up considerably in the past year, at MWC you couldn't turn a corner without seeing something about 5G or AI. Qualcomm is at the forefront of the 5G revolution and we know we are going to start seeing devices capable of it next year.
Lenovo Group VP Chang Cheng has a history of making announcements and leaking information prior to launch and he has been at it again on Weibo stating that Lenovo will be the first smartphone manufacturer to launch a phone that will feature Snapdragon 855 and 5G connectivity.
Normally you would take the VP leaking something as a pretty solid source of information, but Cheng has leaked information about the Lenovo Z5 making it out it would come with a full-screen display and be portrayed as being a high-end phone. The reality was not quite as accurate, the phone arrived with much larger bezels than promised and it was very much a mid-range phone, which is a shame because, without the hype behind it, it would have been a great phone for the price.
The announcement by Cheng is also a little premature as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has not even been announced yet though it is believed that it may have entered mass production in June.
The next generation 7nm Snapdragon 855 SoC may get announced by the end of 2018. The SoC will be powering major flagship phones from different brands in the coming year and based on previous years it is normally Samsung that is first out of the door with their Galaxy series phones.