Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G goes on sale in South Korea

Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G goes on sale in South Korea

South Korea's top telecom companies said on Thursday that they started 5G services nationally on Wednesday two days before the scheduled date.

"Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands", said Hans Vestberg, Verizon's chairman and chief executive officer.

5G will allow users to download movies in less than a second. At times, it can even offer 100 times higher data speeds, cited credible sources.

Vodafone tested 5G hotspots in Birmingham this week, with commuters invited to try the speeds of the new service.

According to market speculations, South Korea recognized itself as the first nation to debut 5G, but USA mobile firms did not agree to this, claiming that they had rolled out 5G services in limited regions as early as previous year.

A Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone is displayed at an SK Telecom shop during a launch event in Seoul on April 5, 2019.

The network is expected to rake in some $565 billion in global economic benefits, according to London-based Global System for Mobile Communications, an industry alliance.

The global telecom industry is now debating on how many subscribers will buy 5G from Verizon that will be available on Motorola's Z3 and a Moto Mod.

The implications of the new technology have pitted Washington against Beijing - whose firms dominate 5G technology - in an increasingly bitter standoff. However, the phone is likely going to be very expensive (over $1,200 Dollars in South Korea) and it's also hard to hold in one hand.

Telecom giant Samsung Electronics on Friday released the Galaxy S10 5G, the world's first available smartphone with built-in fifth-generation communications, as South Korea seeks to build a lead in the transformative technology. Verizon last month stated that customers would be able to use 5G facilities on Moto Mod and Z3 by Motorola. The network, however, was only made accessible to mobile hotspot devices and not to phones.

Some will, no doubt, contend that the South Korean launches have already taken place, with widespread reports of 5G launches in the country on April 3.

Cost is likely to be a barrier initially for user uptake, analysts say, as the cheapest version of the new Galaxy handset will be priced at 1.39 million won (S$1,620).

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