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.
Wait for Even Better Specs
Every year Samsung makes improvements to the Galaxy S hardware and software. The Galaxy S10 probably won't buck the trend.
Samsung recently debuted its new Exynos 9820 processor with on-device AI processing and it will more than likely be the chip that powers the Galaxy S10 next year.
Reports suggest at least one Galaxy S10 model (likely the Galaxy S10+) will come equipped with five cameras (three in the rear, two in front) including a 16MP, 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens. The front-facing dual camera would mean looking selfies and Bokeh effects.
According to leakster Ice Universe, the camera breakdown will look like this:
This is a preliminary spec sheet and it'll likely change over the course of the year as Samsung starts ramping up development.
That said, if you aren't thrilled with the Galaxy S9's performance, and you don't need a new phone right away, think about holding out for the Galaxy S10. It looks like it'll bring some exciting upgrades.
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