When Samsung introduced its new family of flagship Galaxy S10 smartphones in February, the company disclosed prices and launch timeframes for all models except one, the Galaxy S10 5G. Based on two reports citing industry sources and Samsung, the manufacturer will release its first 5G handset in South Korea in early April.

The Korean version of the Galaxy S10 5G will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9820 together with the Exynos 5100 5G modem, essentially meaning Samsung will be the first to market with both a 5G phone and silicon. The 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 5G will be available in South Korea starting from April 5. Three South Korean carriers — KT, SK Telecom, and LG Uplus — will begin offering their 5G services starting on that date. According to a report, the Galaxy S10 5G has passed signal verification test by the National Radio Research Agency earlier this week, which gives the smartphone the green light to enter the market.

Pricing of the Galaxy S10 5G that is set to be equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of NAND flash storage is not completely clear. Citing industry sources, the state-funded Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday that the smartphone was expected to cost around 1.5 million won. Typically prices in South Korea have sales tax when listed, as do most of the world, so the pre-tax equivalent price in the US would be ~$1,199.

The Galaxy S10 5G smartphone will be available directly from Samsung as well as from the Korean telecom companies it supports. Samsung reportedly has no plans to run a pre-order program for the Galaxy S10 5G, but for those who register their devices from April 5 to April 11, it will provide a free pair of wireless Galaxy Air Buds, a wireless charger, or a 50% discount on display replacement (valid for a year).

Verizon plans to launch its 5G services on April 11. It is unclear whether it will start selling the Galaxy S10 5G on that date, or the smartphone will hit the US market a bit later after Mi-Fi services. US variants of the Galaxy S10 5G are expected to ship with the Snapdragon 855 + X50 modem hardware combination.

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Sources: Yonhap News, Korea Herald, Nikkei

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  • voicequal - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    I'm sure you realize it makes perfect sense to launch 5G on top of a $1000 flagship rather than your $40 burner phone.
  • bug77 - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    "Launch" is just a matter of speaking. There's no infrastructure for 5G and even if there was, 5G doesn't pass through many things. Phones come with 4(!) antennas because you can block the signal even with your hand. So between spotty coverage and battery drain, enjoy your new 5G purchase ;)
    If anything, it is little more than a tech demo at this point. Even if future modems become incredibly power efficient, the reception problem is not fixable.
  • stephenbrooks - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    I'd like to see a 5G vs. 4G benchmark with retail hardware and real phone networks to see what difference it really makes (and what you'd want to use it for).
  • Xex360 - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    While it's obviously very expensive at least it offers new things, huge screen, 5G, 256gb of storage, some phones offer way less and cost way more.
  • drexnx - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - link

    wonder if this will be as janky as the HTC Thunderbolt when 4G LTE originally launched. I paid the early adopter price with that one, yikes
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