Sprint, a U.S. wireless provider, has joined AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile in announcing its forthcoming Samsung 5G smartphone. Without confirming any specifics about the device itself, the carrier stated that it will be released this summer in conjunction with the launch of its 5G network.
While the device’s official name has not yet been announced, all indications point to the 5G Galaxy S10. Samsung has been developing a 5G Galaxy S10 for quite some time. The device’s model number was discovered last month.
Dual-mode network access to Sprint’s LTE and 5G networks
Sprint anticipates launching its 5G mobile network in the first half of 2019. As part of the rollout, the next-generation mobile network will initially be available in nine U.S. cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York City, and Phoenix. The 5G Samsung smartphone will be released at the same time, although the company has not yet specified the exact date.
Sprint claims that the Samsung device will support dual-mode connectivity to its LTE and 5G networks. The device will support connectivity on the 2.5 GHz spectrum, the 1.9 GHz spectrum (band 25), the 800 MHz spectrum (band 26), and additional LTE bands. The phone is anticipated to include a total of six cameras and may have the capability to wirelessly charge other mobile devices.
5G promises new levels of ultra-quick and ultra-reliable wireless connectivity, and the Galaxy S10 5G will be well-equipped to support it. The Snapdragon-powered variant of the phone will likely ship with the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem, while an Exynos-powered 5G variant will also be available. Samsung is anticipated to release the device in February at the Mobile World Congress. The phone should begin shipping to the United States the following month.