2019 is the year of 5G, even here in the UK thanks to EE and Vodafone promising to have their commercial networks up and running before the end of the year. It looks like we're going to have plenty of 5G-ready devices to take advantage of the speedy, low latency networks, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
As the name suggests, this is a 5G variant of the Galaxy S10, though Samsung says it's quite different from the other three S10 phones that will be available next month. For starters, it has a bigger screen and battery than the other phones in the S10 range, and there are 3D sensing cameras on the front and back, which Samsung says is for augmented reality. Here are the full specs:
- 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with 19.9 aspect ratio
- Rear camera array with:
- 16MP ultra wide angle lens (f/2.2)
- 12MP wide angle lens (f/1.5 and f/2.4)
- 12MP telephoto lens (f/2.4)
- hQVGA 3D depth sensing rear camera
- 10MP front camera (f/1.9) plus hQVGA 3D depth sensing lens
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB Storage
- 4,500 mAh battery
- Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor
- 2D face recognition
- Unspecified octa-core chipset
- Wireless Powershare
- 25W Super Fast Charging (wired)
- Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
So it's not too dissimilar from the S10+, and feels a lot like an S10++ based on specs alone. Unfortunately, there are some downsides to the S10 5G: there doesn't seem to be any storage expansion, and the front 3D camera isn't being utilised for 3D facial recognition – like systems used by the likes of Apple or Huawei.
The bigger battery is a nice added bonus, as is the 25W fast charging, though obviously the larger screen is going to take a require more energy to stay running. There have also been issues regarding 5G power consumption in the past, though it's not clear whether they're still around. No doubt we'll find out for sure once 5G handsets are released, and the 5G networks operational.
UK pricing is still TBA, and an exact release date is still unknown. All Samsung has revealed is a vague "early summer" release window, which could mean anytime in June or July. We'll let you know more as we have it.