Galaxy S10 5G is going on sale in Korea

By James Rogerson 2 April 2019

Galaxy S10 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was announced back in February, but you can’t buy it yet.

That’s about to change though, or at least it is if you’re in South Korea, as that’s the first place where the phone will be sold, and Samsung has confirmed that the S10 5G will be available there from April 5th, in Majestic Black, Royal Gold and Crown Silver.

It makes sense that it would hit South Korea first as not only is that Samsung’s home country, but it has also had 5G capabilities since December. However, we already know that the Galaxy S10 5G will be coming to the UK later this year, with EE and O2 both having confirmed that they will stock it.

The fact that the handset will be imminently available in South Korea also suggests that UK networks will be able to offer it on day one of their 5G services, rather than having to wait, so the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will very likely be a launch device.

Priced high but with plenty to offer

What we don’t yet know is how much it will cost, but in South Korea it’s 1.39 million South Korean won (roughly £935) for a 256GB model and 1.55 million won (around £1,040) for a 512GB one.

The actual price in the UK is likely to be higher though, given that even the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus starts at £899 and rises to £1,099 for a 512GB model.

Despite not having a ‘Plus’ in the name, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is a bigger phone, with a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen. It also of course supports 5G, which the rest of the S10 range doesn’t. Other highlights include four cameras on the back and two on the front, and a huge 4,500mAh battery.

Samsung claims that the extra features offered on the S10 5G have been added to help take full advantage of the power of 5G, with the large, sharp screen helping you make the most of augmented reality, video conferencing and high-quality streamed video, for example, and the battery keeping everything running for longer.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G also has the same core features as the rest of the S10 range though, including an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a curved display and a top-end Exynos 9820 chipset. In short, it looks set to be one of the most exciting and powerful phones of the year, and a great way to show off the capabilities of 5G.

Specification

Galaxy S10 5G

Display

6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9
Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.
Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners; actual viewing area is less due to rounded corners and camera hole.

Camera

 Rear: Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS
– Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
– Wide-angle: 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
– Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
– 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
– 3D Depth: hQVGAFront:
– Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
– 3D Depth: hQVGA

Body

77.1 x 162.6 x 7.9mm
198g

AP

7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)
May differ by market and mobile operator.

Memory

8GB +  256GB/512GB
*May differ by market and mobile operator.
*User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.

Battery

4,500mAh

Super Fast Charging compatible on wired with QC2.0, AFC and PD3.0
Fast Charging compatible on wireless
Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
*Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 only available with Samsung devices that support 10W+ wireless charging, such as the left pad on the Wireless Charger Duo Pad (sold separately). Wireless charger requires power connection

OS

Android 9.0 (Pie)

Network

Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
– 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload + None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave (28G, 39G)
*May differ by market and mobile operator.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
– 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload
*May differ by market and mobile operator.Bluetooth® v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)
*Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.

Payment

NFC, MST
*May differ by market and mobile operator.

Sensors

Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor

Authentication

Lock Type: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password
Biometric Lock Types: Fingerprints, Face

Audio

Stereo speakers and earphones: Sound by AKG
Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included)Audio Playback Format:
MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE

Video

MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

About James Rogerson

Sub-Editor at 5G.co.uk

James is sub-editor at both 5G.co.uk and TechRadar. Also works as a researcher/ technical writer for 5G.co.uk and several other websites including TechRadar, T3, Smart TV Radar, 3G.co.uk with work on the web, in print and on TV.

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