Samsung’s newest model, the Galaxy S10, is the first phone to be released on 5G, also known as the fifth generation mobile network. While there are many reasons to be excited about this, the technology will take a year or two to become widespread. Offering the first 5G phone in the UK and abroad, Samsung looks to get ahead of the competition.
The phone will hit the market in June, but you can pre-order it now. With the new model comes a wide variety of upgrades to mobile phone technology. First, 5G is expected to be around 20 times faster than 4G. It is also supposed to have lower latency, which allows for better streaming capabilities. For the first time ever you’ll be able stream 4K video on a mobile data network connection.
You will need a phone that has a suitable modem to do this, and the first to launch is the Galaxy S10 5G. Vodafone is the first company to offer a 5G network, but many more are expected to announce theirs within the next year. The same goes for the phones that can access the network. While nearly every state-of-the-art smart phone will have 5G, the S10 will be the first to have access to the technology.
Specs of the S10 5G
In addition to the ability to use the 5G network, there are other features that are expected to entice consumers. First, the phone is large, with a 6.7-inch screen with a Dynamic AMOLED “Infinity-O” display. This is the biggest screen ever to appear on an S-series smart phone. This is to attract buyers who are interested in the superior streaming technology.
It also has a higher capacity battery at 4,500 mAh and 8 GB of RAM. The phone is equipped with 256 GB of storage as its default, but you can always pay for more. With four rear cameras and two front cameras, there is a total of 6 lenses that have Dual OIS and ToF systems, which will provide clearer photos and more zoom capabilities.
While people are very excited about the S10 5G, there are a few drawbacks. For one the size of the phone is not appealing to some. It is also a single-SIM device and doesn’t offer a micro-SD slot.
Price of the S10 5G
According to the experts at the site MoneyPug, which is used in the UK to compare mobile phone deals, the S10 5G will cost £799 for 128 GB of storage while the standard 256 GB will set you back £999. The S10+ is priced at £899, £1,099 and £1,399 for 128 GB, 512 GB and 1T respectively.
Samsung has also announced the Galaxy S10e, which is there more affordable answer to the iPhone XR. The XR has done better than expected in sales, showing phone companies that consumers will upgrade if they offer an affordable alternative to the latest phones. It sells at £699 for SIM-free and 128GB of storage.
As for monthly data use, several companies have announced what they will charge UK consumers for the 5G phone. EE is offering at £48 to at £53 a month for the Galaxy S10 and S10+. Tesco mobile will charge £32.75, £39.99, and £42.49 for the three models. Vodafone, the first company to announce a 5G network will charge a bit more, from at £54 a month and at £49 upfront to £99 a month depending on the model. The phone costs range, but it will be a while before 5G phones are widespread, and this will slow the technology down.
The S10 5G Making History
Still, despite that the roll out of 5G phones may be slower than we want, the fifth generation network will lead to some amazing technological advances. It will speed up the process of everything from VR to self-driving cars. The speed of the network is beyond anything we’ve had before and this will make all kinds of new developments happen. We can only wait to see how 5G will truly affect our world, but it is sure to change technology as we know it. And with all these changes, our lives will never be the same.