Some Samsung Galaxy S10 Phones Will Support 5G, but Most Probably Won't

By Tom Pritchard on at

5G is the next big thing, or that's what the big tech companies keep telling us. The phone companies are specifically getting excited, because they're going to be the first batch of companies producing device compatible with the new networks. Samsung is among them, and it's confirmed that there will be Galaxy S10 handsets with a 5G modem inside. But most importantly, there will also be Galaxy S10s that don't support 5G.

This news comes from Korean news site The Bell, 5G support won't be coming as a default feature to either the S10 or the S10+. That means if you desperately want an S10 that can handle 5G networks, you'll need to go out of your way to get the dedicated 5G variant. As SamMobile points out, this isn't exactly unusual for the company. Samsung did the exact same thing when 4G launched back in the day, with a special LTE-compatible Galaxy S4.

Interestingly the 5G S10 is also said to be launching later than the standard model, with a March release date mentioned to coincide with the launch of South Korea's 5G services. Which makes sense, when you think about it. A 5G phone is completely worthless without a 5G network to connect to, and that's presumably why Samsung isn't going all in on 5G right from the get-go. It also means people who won't have access 5G until late-2019/early-2020 don't have to cover the cost of a feature they're not going to use.

The Bell also claims that the S10 will launch at CES, two months earlier than normal, but rumour pops up quite a lot. Take this bit of information with a pinch of salt, especially since CES is likely going to be focused on the folding Galaxy X. Assuming it gets released, that is.

None of this is confirmed by Samsung, mind, and the last we heard from the company it said Samsung's first 5G phone would be separate from the S10. That doesn't discount the possibility of a 5G variant released at a later date, but it certainly suggests it will be something totally new. Whatever the case we're going to have to wait and see, and likely won't find out until early next year. [The Bell via Ubergizmo]