New Samsung Galaxy S10 5G only available on Telstra network
Samsung’s just-debuted 5G-capable Galaxy S10 will only be available on the new limited Telstra network when it is functional later this year.
The device will come with a 6.7in QHD Dynamic AMOLED display, a quad-camera setup complete with a 3D depth-sensing lens plus 5G supporting modems and chipsets.
Samsung appears to have decided to bypass the mark 1 version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 and is using its own Exynos 9820 processor and Exynos Modem 5100.
With the Telstra network set to be limited to less than 300 5G towers nationally in 2019, it’s expected that the early adopters will choose Samsung’s top-end model over 5G handsets from Oppo, ZTE, or Huawei.
Apple is not set to have a 5G handset model till late in 2020.
The new Samsung Galaxy 5G model will support both Cat 20 LTE speeds (2Gbps) for frequencies under 6GHz and 5G connectivity at 6Gbps for the mmWave spectrum.
As for storage, the device has 8GB RAM, 256GB built-in storage and a hefty 4,500mAh battery. It also supports Wireless PowerShare, which will let you juice compatible devices by resting them on the handset’s rear.
It offers similar features to the rest of the S10 range, retaining the 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide, and 12MP telephoto lenses of the S10+ with a 3D depth sensing lens to enable augmented reality experiences.
The device features Samsung’s ground-breaking Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Scanner, a ‘punch-hole’ cut out for its dual selfie cam setup, and Google’s Android 9 Pie OS.
In Australia, overall smartphone sales have fallen, and the only saviour has been an increase in the average selling price with revenues rising.
Consumers are holding on to their phones longer, which puts pressure on manufacturers to bolster innovation and justify the price tags on their products.
The new Samsung S10 range will be a barometer for the global smartphone industry struggling to revive momentum after a decade of robust growth ground to a halt.
Pricing for the new device has not been released.