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Galaxy S10 5G arrives in South Korea, becomes world's first available 5G smartphone

07 April 2019 4

Samsung Electronics has announced the availability of the Galaxy S10 5G in its home country South Korea. So, the users here will be the first to experience Samsung’s ‘hyperfast’ streaming using the latest flagship. Consumers using the Galaxy S10 on the 5G network will be able to play graphics-rich cloud games, they can download a full season of a TV show in minutes, stream 4K video with no lag, and also experience VR and AR experiences.

The country became the first to commercially launch nationwide 5G services on Wednesday. Three mobile carriers in South Korea – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus held launch events across Seoul for the Galaxy S10. Hours later US giant Verizon began commercial services in Chicago and Minneapolis.

The all-new Galaxy S10 5G features the same design as its smaller siblings, but some minute changes beyond just the 5G logo on the back make it a bit different. It includes 6.7-inch display, nearly 20% larger than that of the Galaxy S10. As this is the 5G device, the increase in battery capacity tells that the device will consume extra juice, so it has 4500mAH battery. The Galaxy S10 5G version has UFS 3.0 that doubles storage speed from S10 which uses UFS 2.1. Samsung claims they can reach up to 2,100MB/s read and 410MB/s write speeds. The charging rate has also been increased from 15W to 25W.

It also includes a total of six cameras, 2 on the front and 4 on the rear. It offers 3D depth sensing cameras on the back as well as on the front. The 3D depth camera helps in delivering bokeh effects with Live focus video, measure objects with Quick Measure. Also, the neural processing unit (NPU) helps in providing the perfect shot.

The tipster Ice Universe has pointed out a few differences, for instance, the fingerprint recognition and power button are now positioned a bit higher. “The metal frame on the side of the fuselage is very narrow and is almost occupied by the back.”

Nikkei tried the newly-launched 5G service in South Korea and reported the speed to be “fast but patchy.” It said the 5G network can achieve speeds of up to 193Mbps, four times than an S9’s 47Mbps. “When downloading a popular 1.9-gigabyte game, 4G finished the task in 6 minutes and 28 seconds. 5G did so in just 1 minute and 51 seconds. That is faster, but it is a far cry from the claims that 5G would be 20 times faster.” Samsung promises speeds up to roughly 20 times faster than the 4G networks, but according to the report, the claim doesn’t look right.

Coming to the US

The Galaxy S10 5G is available in Majestic Black, Royal Gold, Crown Silver colors. According to Bloomberg’s report backed up leaker Evan Blass, the pre-orders for the Galaxy S10 5G will open on April 18 in the US and it will hit the stores on May 16 and the rest of the world will follow after.



Samsung Galaxy S10 5G arrives in South Korea, becomes world's first available 5G smartphone
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