Users in select cities are already able to use 5G at home for super-fast connectivity inside, and we knew a 5G phone was coming. Now we have confirmation that Verizon and Samsung are partnering to bring a 5G smartphone to market in the first half of 2019.
During the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit this week Samsung will show off a proof of concept of the new phone. The Samsung 5G smartphone will feature Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.
5G Home is already live in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. The mobile 5G networks will go live in early 2019 and expand to other markets. We don’t know how fast the 5G coverage will hit other areas, but it should be faster than the 4G LTE rollout. Verizon and Motorola recently completed the first 5G UWB connection to a smartphone.
The Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network can deliver upload and download speeds that are much faster than 4G LTE. As apps and games are able to take advantage of this it will unlock new ways to use your phone.
Neither Verizon or Samsung are naming this phone, but we’ve previously heard that this would be the Samsung Galaxy S10 in a report from Bloomberg. The timing is right and it makes the most sense for Samsung and Verizon to usher in 5G connectivity with a flagship phone.
Apple is reportedly skipping 5G in the 2019 iPhone, while Samsung is pursuing it as a differentiator. We saw competitors embrace faster connectivity before Apple with both 3G and 4G LTE.
Pre-Order If You Want the Galaxy S10 ASAP
If you've already decided to make one of the new Galaxy S10 models your next phone and you want it on your doorstep as soon as possible, you'll want to pre-order through Samsung, your carrier, or your favorite retailer.
Pre-ordering the Galaxy S10 today will ensure that you get the model you want, in the color you want, on the first day of availability.
That's March 8th for most models in the United States though the unlocked and carrier-locked variants of the 128GB Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ ship out the week of March 15th.
The Galaxy S10 release date might be March 8th, but some pre-orders are already showing up on doorsteps in the United States.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 probably won't sell out completely so there's no need to rush. Models that do sell out will likely return soon after the device's launch.
That said, if you want peace of mind and/or want a new phone in your hands right away, pick the option that best fits your needs and put in an order now.
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