Samsung Launches the First 5G Phone on Verizon

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the first device that supports the new 5G network out of the box, is now available on telecom company Verizon / Photo by: TGspot via Wikimedia Commons

 

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the first device that supports the new 5G network out of the box, is now available on telecom company Verizon.

The launch of the first 5G Samsung phone follows the Motorola Z3, which also supports the advanced network but only if consumers buy an additional $200-worth accessory that enables it, a CNBC report states.

In early April, Verizon began operating its 5G network for phones starting in Chicago and Minneapolis—cities were the company promised download speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1Gbps).

The CNBC report says that speed is about 10 times faster compared to what users might expect on a 4G LTE phone today. Despite its great speed, CNET reviews suggest the network was "confusing" and "difficult" to use at first since it wasn't made clear when and where 5G was exactly available.

As a response to the confusion stated in early reviews, Verizon explained that the way a 5G device notifies users it has network coverage is different from that of a 4G LTE phone. The 5G will only indicate 4G LTE connection until the user tries to enable 5G, after which the symbol for the advanced network will appear.

This will change after a couple of years, according to Verizon, although it might still be confusing for consumers, who are more accustomed to looking for coverage through the icon on their devices.

Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G is a bigger model of the Galaxy S10+ with its 6.7-inch screen and six camera lenses, among which is a special 3D depth-sensing lens unavailable on the regular Galaxy S10+.

The report states that two models of the 5G phone will be available on Verizon—one priced at $1,299 and the other at $1,399 with twice the storage capacity. It adds that the new Galaxy unit will run on 5G if customers also sign up for Verizon's Above Unlimited or Beyond Unlimited plans, which cost $95 and $85 per month, respectively, for one line.

Verizon clarified that access to the 5G Ultra Wideband network is only included for a limited time and will eventually cost another $10 per month.