“5G wireless is coming. It’s going to be much faster than 4G — and likely way more expensive,” David Goldman reports for CNN. “Before the end of the decade, wireless companies are expected to start serving up 5G technology, which promises speeds of up to 40 times faster than 4G.”

“With speeds that fast, you’ll be able to do incredible things on your smartphone,” Goldman reports. “5G will let people stream ‘8K’ video in 3-D. That’s an incredibly detailed picture, which is twice as clear as 4K video and 16 times clearer than full HD video. A person with a 5G smartphone could download a 3-D movie in about 6 seconds. On 4G, it would take 6 minutes.”

“But with great speed comes great cost,” Goldman reports. “A typical standard-definition streaming video that you watch on your phone uses up to 0.7 GB of data per hour, according to Netflix. An hour of 1080p HD video uses up 3 GB. 3-D video uses up 4.7 GB and 4K video uses 7 GB of data. That’s more than three times the average monthly data plan, gone in a single hour.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Looking at our 4K UHDTV, it’s amazing and a testament to HEVC/H.265 that 4K video only uses 7 GB of data per hour.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Edward W.”and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]