A 5G version of the Galaxy S10
+ has been rumored for over three months now and, while Samsung
won’t confirm the device officially, multiple carrier partnerships
suggest that it is indeed on the way. Today, though, a new piece of information has revealed that the device carries the model number SM-G977, which could be the first proper confirmation of its existence.
Obtained by the folks over at GalaxyClub
, the 5G model was spotted with both the SM-G977U and SM-G977N model numbers. These correspond to the US and South Korean variants respectively and suggest that Samsung is already hard at work on the phone.
When it comes to the European model (SM-G977F), no traces of the device were found. However, this doesn’t mean Samsung isn’t preparing one. The 5G Galaxy S10+
isn’t expected to reach consumers until June 2019 at the earliest. This means that the smartphone probably isn’t that far down the development line.
Another thing worth noting is the fact that 5G networks will be more established in the US and South Korea by then – Europe is typically slower when it comes to adopting next-generation mobile networks - so it makes sense for Samsung to prioritize these versions.
This 5G variant of the Galaxy S10+ will eventually join the Galaxy S10 Lite
(SM-G970), Galaxy S10
(SM-G973) and, of course, the regular Galaxy S10+
(SM-G975). The latter three models are all set to be announced at an event on February 20 before sales commence on March 8. However, when Samsung will announce its 5G model still remains unclear.