With the amount of TV time that smartphone retailers are spending hyping their 5G phones, we’re going to spend a little time laying out the facts. First of all, 5G is not real yet. Lots of hype, but still a pipe dream. That said we could see the first wave of 5G phones coming out later this year and defiantly next year as phone-makers and carriers alike are readying themselves for the latest generation of cellular technology.
To help you keep tabs on when we can expect 5G phones, here’s what the major phone-makers have announced, and not announced, about their 5G phone plans so far.
Let’s start with Apple. They are apparently in no rush to launch a 5G iPhone, so don’t expect one this year or maybe even 2020. Traditionally Apple usually isn’t the first to jump on mobile trends. Instead, it prefers to perfect an emerging technology before committing to it. Remember that it was behind its competitors in making phones with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity.
That doesn’t mean it’s not altogether ignoring 5G. Earlier this year, US carrier AT&T caught heat and is getting sued for displaying “5G E” connectivity on some of its phones, including iPhones.
Now on to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G phone with a 6.7-inch display, four rear cameras and the ability to wirelessly charge other devices. In the US the phone will launch on Verizon first in the second quarter, then head to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Though no exact price was given, it’s expected to cost almost $3,000 Canadian.
But the Galaxy S10 5G won’t be the only 5G phone from Samsung. Its foldable Galaxy Fold will have a 5G variant too. The first models will be released over the summer in the States.
Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard