Besides being designed with an eye on the future of mobile connectivity, the Galaxy S10 5G also bumps up a number of what are already premium specs and features that you see on the S10 and S10+, among them the display screen size, battery capacity, and most notably, the camera department.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G specs
- 6.7-inch 19:9 QHD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
- Snapdragon X50 5G modem
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB of non-expandable storage
- Quad-lens main camera: 12MP (OIS, Dual Pixel AF, 4K video recording, f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture) + 16MP (ultra-wide angle, 123 degrees, f/2.2 aperture) + 3D ToF depth sensor
- Dual-lens front camera: 10MP (f/1.9 aperture, Dual Pixel AF) + 3D ToF depth sensor
- 4500mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie with One UI
- Extras: 5G capable, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, 25W fast wired charging, Fast wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6, IP68 dust and water resistance, AR Emoji, in-display fingerprint scanner, face recognition, heart rate sensor, etc.
The Galaxy S10 5G picks up just about everything the S10 Plus has and improves on it. Besides the obviously bigger screen, the other major difference between the S10+ and the S10 5G edition is the camera.
While you are still getting the same three camera lenses used on the S10 Plus on the back of the S10 5G, the latter gets a fourth depth-sensing ToF sensor. With this, Samsung aims to position the S10 5G as an AR device, but for those uninterested in AR, the same sensor can be used to shoot Live Focus videos, which is a cool addition if you ask us.
The S10 5G also gets a dual-lens selfie camera like the S10+, but it swaps the second 8MP lens on the latter for the same 3D depth sensing sensor used on the back. This unit is paired to a 10MP lens that takes normal selfies. Since the Galaxy S10 5G is also getting a bigger 4500mAh battery, it also comes with support for faster 25W battery charging technology compared to the 15W fast charging tech used on the other S10 models. Fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging also keep their place and so does the in-display fingerprint scanner.
But despite all the goodies, the device also has some or rather one notable omission – the microSD card slot. It’s a strange decision from a company that has kept faith in this feature when others ditched it a long time ago. Even more interesting is that the Galaxy S10 5G comes in one configuration of 256GB storage, yet the S10+ and its multiple memory options of up to 1TB of internal storage still gets a microSD card slot.
Of course, the S10 5G should boast exceptional network speeds never seen before, but this will only be true in markets where this infrastructure is ready.
- U.S. Cellular 5G network coming in the second half of 2019
- T-Mobile discusses 5G impact: A host of new possibilities
- T-Mobile reveals pricing of its 5G plans
- Sprint 5G network arrives in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City this May
- Verizon confirms 5G plans for 30 U.S. cities in 2019
- Why you should not get too excited for 5G for now
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G pricing and availability
Samsung isn’t saying anything regarding the price of the Galaxy S10 5G nor does it have anything on the specific release date. However, the Korean company did confirm on-stage that the handset will first be carried by Verizon Wireless when it arrives in the U.S. later this year. The 5G handset is also expected to be unveiled in the home country of Korea, and probably the UK, Australia, and a few other 5G-ready markets.
For how long Verizon will retain this exclusivity in the U.S. remains unclear, but from the look of things, especially since other carriers also want in in the fun, it could last only several weeks from the time of launch.