Three national mobile carriers introduced the first 5G-enabled smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S10, across Seoul on Friday. Now, the 5G variant of the premium Galaxy S10 smartphone has been officially launched.
Samsung's first 5G phone will launch in Korea on Friday, with prices starting at around $1,231 for the 256GB version, but you won't have to wait too long to get one in the U.S., as the Verizon version is rumored to launch in mid-May.
South Korea reportedly hopes to extend its 5G network to 85 cities by the end of the year.
Samsung Electronics said that the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available for purchase in Korea starting April 5, enabling consumers to unlock an entirely new mobile experience with the most advanced network available.
Since many other countries, including the United Kingdom, don't have functioning 5G networks yet, it's no surprise the Galaxy S10 5G is only launching in one region, but as the 5G connectivity grows we'll likely see the handset available in other places.
"I watch a lot of videos often, movies and lectures", said buyer Shim Ji-hye, 38.
The new 5G technology enables dramatically faster download speeds with nearly no delay in watching videos or loading pictures.
If you're lucky enough to live in one of the areas covered by Verizon's 5G network, your compatible smartphone will be able to reach data speeds of up to 1Gbps, no less than ten times faster than the current 4G LTE speeds.
Samsung almost won the title of "first commercially available 5G phone", but Motorola beat it to the punch by less than 48 hours with the release of a 5G mod for the Moto Z3 in the USA, which lets users add 5G connection to the 2018 handset.
It is expected to bring about US$565 billion in global economic benefits by 2034, according to the London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance.
The US has pressed its allies and major economies to avoid 5G solutions from Chinese-owned telecom giant Huawei, citing security risks that technological backdoors could give Beijing access to 5G-connected utilities and other components.
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