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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G launches in South Korea with a lot more features than just 5G

By mongeese · 10 replies
Apr 6, 2019
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  1. While the S10 5G might embody the same design language as its smaller siblings, it stands out in a few ways beyond the 5G logo printed on the back. For starters, everything is bigger, including a massive 6.7” screen that makes the whole body nearly 20 percent larger than that of the S10 as well as the front camera cut out and the battery. While an increase to 4500mAh is substantial, 5G will suck up most of that extra juice.

    The phone gets one extra rear camera compared to the S10 - a Time Of Flight (TOF) depth sensor which is supposed to help with Augmented Reality, bokeh/background blur, and low light photography. The same features are mirrored on the front where the 8MP camera depth sensor in the cut out on the S10+ is replaced by a superior TOF depth sensor.

    The Huawei P30 Pro uses TOF very similarly and successfully, so the S10 5G has a lot of potential in the camera department.

    Rounding out the rest of the new features includes Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.0 that doubles storage speed from the S10 which uses UFS 2.1. Samsung claims they can reach up to 2,100MB/s read and 410MB/s write speeds, though those have yet to be tested. It also increases the charging rate to 25W from 15W. It’s available in black, white and a new gold color but that may change for global markets.

    When it comes to 5G itself the whole situation is a bit… disappointing.

    Indoors, Nikkei reports it can achieve speeds of up to 193Mbps, four times faster than an S9’s 47Mbps. Outdoors, though, it could reach 430Mbps. “When downloading a popular 1.9 gigabyte game, 4G finished the task in 6 minutes and 28 seconds. 5G did so in just 1 minute and 51 seconds. That is faster, but it is a far cry from the claims that 5G would be 20 times faster.”

    According to a Bloomberg report backed up by reliable leaker Evan Blass, pre-orders for the S10 5G will open on April 18 and it will hit stores on May 16, with the rest of the world following shortly after. Converting the South Korean prices to US dollars (Samsung keeps the prices pretty much identical between the two countries) suggests the 256GB version will cost $1,230 and the 512GB version will command $1,350.

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  2. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,830   +675

    Does it send text messages faster or just come with a bazillion emoticons
    wiyosaya and mattsie like this.
  3. mattsie

    mattsie TS Enthusiast Posts: 57   +32

    For 1.35k phone, ot better. And type em on its own as well.
    EClyde likes this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,474   +3,032

    This phone looks positively explosive.
  5. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,235   +894

    #1 5G coverage is WHERE? It's virtually nowhere yet. I live in NYC and we don't have it yet covering Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island.

    #2 Even if you have 5G coverage, how much data will you even get to push/pull till you get throttled down?

    #3 I seriously feel both Samsung and Apple have made a tremendous blunder taking away touch ID. The ultrasound sensor is NOT ACCURATE.

    Apple and Samsung could have both had a fingerprint sensor/home button on the back of the phone which reads the pointing finger.

    Fingerprint scanners have always been FASTER and more reliable than the face ID and I think it would be easier to get closer to a full display if they didn't have those stupid large cameras on front.
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,888   +2,214

    5G WILL be here eventually, this phone is for people who are early adopters and want to be ready for when.it does arrive. Having the latest tech is rarely about having a practical advantage over current tech.

    Further, the cost of the antenna is near negligible in the price of the phone, this is probably only more expensive because it's being made in much more limited numbers. I bet it also comes with all the "optional" features from the S10 line up, like more storage and whatnot. The usual suspects used for unnecessarily driving the price up
  7. Annatar

    Annatar TS Rookie

    5G on Verizon is an extra $10 a month on the typical unlimited plans. On top of that it's not throttled when you're on 5G. Chicago and Minneapolis have already had 5G roll-out and they're planning on expanding to another 30 markets by the end of 2019.
  8. Annatar

    Annatar TS Rookie

    What an original and topical joke. Keep making it, it's just SO funny! I've literally NEVER heard it before, I can't believe the wit on you!
  9. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,235   +894

    History repeats itself. I remember the "iPhone killer" EVO 4G.

    We see how that turned out LOL.
  10. kevbev89

    kevbev89 TS Maniac Posts: 186   +167

    I completely agree with #3. I like the direction they are taking it, but damn it is so inaccurate. I think the Chinese phonemakers made the right choice using optical in-screen fingerprint sensors. Way faster and more accurate.
  11. jlbora23

    jlbora23 TS Rookie

    Does anyone know forsure if the S10 5G U.S. variant will forsure ship with universal flash storage 3.0?
    This wasn't mentioned in samsung specs sheet. And the 3 previous S10 models are only shipping with ufs 2.1........this is definitely a deal breaker for me. Otherwise I'm waiting on the Note which I'm sure will come with 3.0 in tote.

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