The Galaxy S10 5G was the final device unveiled this year by Samsung during the unpacked event after the Galaxy Fold, S10e, S10 and S10+. As it’s name suggests, the phone is aimed at new 5G data speeds which of course supersede the present 4G LTE speeds. The technology is relatively new despite having been mentioned quite often by many tech giants in the past few years. In fact, the Galaxy S10 5G is now the first phone officially announced we know of that supports 5G.
With 5G technology being new we do not expect a whole lot of many phones to be unveiled with it this year. Even the areas that have 5G signals are barely available. The growth of 5G is expected to mature faster in Asian countries as it makes it’s way to the west in the United States. A number of carriers in the US despite officially having 5G equipment available were thrilled to have the device launched with them. T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon are one of them.
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The Galaxy S10 5G being the only Samsung phone that supports 5G, it’s was given a few unique features that differentiate it from the rest of other S10 variants. For example, it’s physically bigger than it’s siblings with a display that measure in at 6.7 inches while the S10+ that precedes it comes in at 6.4 inches. It’s front camera cut-out is also visibly longer than that of the S10+ for room for a TOF (Time-of-flight) camera commonly refereed to as the 3D Depth camera which aids in calculating the distance of objects to provide more accurate information when taking pictures including provision of better accuracy in facial recognition of users. The phone has similar sensors mounted in the camera assembly on the back of it as well. The camera configuration is similar to that of the S10+ but in total, the S10 5G has 7 cameras with the earlier mentioned depth camera included. That is a dual 10 mega-pixel f/1.9 wide camera assembly in the front, and on the back a 12 mega-pixel f/1.5-2.4 wide sensor, a 12 mega-pixel f/2.4 lens and a 16 mega-pixel f/2.2 ultrawide sensor. The in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is also available on this device.
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The internal features of the S10 5G are similar to other S10 variants with the processor powering the phone being the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 backed by 8GB of RAM with 256GB of on-board storage. The device doesn’t have storage expansion via micro-SD card however. It is shipped with Samsung’s One UI system on top of Android 9.0 Pie. With it also comes a massive 4500mAh battery.
The device supports wireless charging and reversible wireless charging courtesy of Samsung’s PowerShare feature. Just like other S10 variants, the S10 5G supports HDR 10+ for perfect video display during streaming. It has full support for Samsung DeX and unlike many manufacturers getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, the S10 5G retains it.
The price and availability of the Galaxy S10 510 was not communicated but expected to be available in the second quarter of this year.