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Intel this week demonstrated its forthcoming 5G technology for personal computers at Mobile World Congress.

The tech company recently reached agreements with Microsoft and computer makers Dell, HP and Lenovo to develop Windows-based PCs with its XMM 8000 series commercial 5G modems.

The computers are expected to hit the market in the second half of 2019, but Intel showcased a prototype, detachable 2-in-1 PC in Barcelona by livestreaming video over a 5G network.

5G is more frequently associated with wireless carriers or next-generation technologies such as virtual reality or self-driving cars, but Intel officials said it is crucial for PCs to be ready for the 5G era as well.

The tech company also showcased a PC with 802.11ax WiFi as well as displayed its eSIM functionality at its MWC booth.

"Intel is investing deeply across its wireless portfolio and partners to bring 5G-connected mobile PCs to market, with benefits for users like high-quality video on-the-go, high-end gaming and seamless connections as users traverse WiFi and cellular networks," the company said in a statement.

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