A Samsung device used for the first commercial video call using 5G
Using a custom smartphone provided by Samsung, Park Jung-ho, the CEO of SK Telecom video called a few of his employees in an operations center located in another city. This marks the first time a smartphone was used for 5G communication on a mobile carrier’s commercial network and not under testing conditions.
Before you get excited the event might have included a sneak peek at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10, we should say that this probably wasn't the case, considering the number of cameras broadcasting the event. However, while the phone in the video is cleverly disguised, as you might expect, it does have some interesting features. The case cutout for the main cameras shows a few sensors in horizontal formation but with no fingerprint reader under them. The front, meanwhile, is closer to that of a Galaxy S9+, but the top part of the display is black so we can't tell if there are thin bezels or a display hole for the front-facing camera. Of course, it's possible that Samsung has assembled a dedicated device using prototype parts to allow the use of 5G and nothing like it will see the market.
“Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom worked closely together to speed up commercialization of 5G.” said DJ Koh, Samsung Mobile’s executive. The company’s first phone with 5G that people can actually buy is expected around March 2019 when the Galaxy S10 lineup is released. Leaks about the next flagship smartphones are steadily coming and you can easily keep up with them with our rumor overview.
And while in South Korea the networks are ready and waiting for phones to use them, in the States the situation might be reversed. All four major carriers are working hard to have 5G available early next year with some 5G services already providing fast internet in your home.