Samsung and Verizon essentially confirm 5G Galaxy S10 release for the first half of 2019

Samsung and Verizon essentially confirm 5G Galaxy S10 release for the first half of 2019
Dreamy Galaxy S10 concept render

The sluggish rollout of 5G service around the world is making life unusually difficult for Samsung and Apple, which may need to reconsider their traditional flagship smartphone release models.

But while the first 5G-enabled iPhone generation is now widely expected to only see daylight in 2020, its Galaxy counterpart has already been unveiled... in a way. Samsung and Verizon are prepared to confirm their collaboration on “one of the first commercial 5G smartphones.”

This unnamed device (cough, Galaxy S10, cough) will be brought to market “in the first half of 2019”, most likely after that special 5G Moto Mod allowing owners of the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z3 to upgrade to the new cellular standard.

Unfortunately, it remains unclear if this top-shelf Samsung Galaxy S10 variant with 5G speeds and, reportedly, six cameras in total will be released exclusively on Verizon as well.

Big Red has claimed a lot of firsts this year in its race to 5G mobile deployment, scheduled for “early 2019” and a “rapid” expansion after that. But Sprint also aims to “deliver the first mobile 5G smartphone in the US” in partnership with LG

T-Mobile and AT&T have made their own strides towards (eventually) leaving 4G LTE behind, so at least theoretically, a 5G-capable Galaxy S10 could be released on all the big four US networks during the first half of next year.

In the meantime, Verizon and Samsung are preparing a proof of concept showcase for the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui this week, where the Snapdragon 855 processor will finally be detailed.

That obviously means the 5G Samsung phone slated for a Verizon debut in early 2019 will be powered by this “upcoming flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform” and a Snapdragon X50 modem.

Related phones

Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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20 Comments

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1118; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Whenever I hear first half it leads me to believe 2nd quarter and usually late 2nd quarter at that.

2. Foxgabanna

Posts: 582; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

What’s 5G bringing to the table that 4G LTE isn’t doing?

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3974; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Look it up. It makes LTE look like dial up.

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1346; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Unfortunately, we all, knowing carrier behavior which is to throttle bandwidth to all devices will never see these peak speed promises, Its more likely Verizon, AT&T, T-mobile and Sprint will nickle and dime every one for having peak bandwidth. I mean we still have not gotten peak LTE speeds yet nation wide so W wont really see any of these benefits just yet but in a few years after the infrastructure is done and wide device manufactures adoption of 5G

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3974; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Could be true. Thankfully I don't live in the US so I don't have to deal with this.

11. sheyikojo

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 03, 2018

Lolz. This is funny

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1527; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

You basically need to stand near a tower no one is using if you want peak speeds, and even than probably won't get them.

12. sheyikojo

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 03, 2018

That’s very true

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2355; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You have mobile SoC modems that support Cat.11 speeds, but the vast majority of the time, you can’t even get higher than Cat.1 LTE speeds in real life, practical situations. I don’t really care about the next generation of mobile networking when we can’t even realize the potential of the one we have now

14. izim1

Posts: 1595; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You can easily stream a full HD video on LTE without any buffering. Hell you can stream a 4k video on LTE depending on bitrate, without any buffering. So i ask the same question: "What’s 5G bringing to the table that 4G LTE isn’t doing?" Faster speeds are irrelevant when 4g lte can already load web pages almost instantly and stream the top video resolution available without buffering... it's like bragging that your car can hit a top speed of 500mph even though there is absolutely nowhere that you can use that...

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Ummmmmm! No! Nothing is as bad as dialup. Even DSL is better than dial-up. Maybe it makes 4G look like 4G vs EVDO 1x.

13. sheyikojo

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 03, 2018

I wonder too, do we need the 5G now?

6. sheyikojo

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 03, 2018

What cost is it going for and can it Download MovieBox Or ShowBox

7. sheyikojo

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 03, 2018

Very sleek and beautiful. Am very sure the battery will be good for streaming site like Movie Box

17. Poptart2828

Posts: 349; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

IPhone users do not understand what you are talking about.

9. sheyikojo

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 03, 2018

Is this phone or heaven?

16. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Are you high or drunk? Lol

18. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

This is like getting a new launch playstation/xbox; things won't really star getting good until year 2 or 3. Right now it's bragging rights. Sure, it'll have its bright spots here and there

19. phaneendra_92

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

And its official that qualcomm not releasing 5g with 855 chipcet so no 5g in q1 2018

20. Dadler22

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

LTE Coverage is still pretty pitiful

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