AT&T will soon have its first 5G phone. This is the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G that will reach the second largest network in the country on June 17, but not for everyone. Samsung’s 5G phone will only be available for commercial customers. The phone, which was previously Verizon-exclusive, will work with AT&T’s 5G millimeter wave network (what the operator calls “5G+”), which is currently found in certain parts of 19 US cities.
The AT&T Galaxy S10 5G (256GB) will cost US $1,000 only for a limited time, the same price as the Galaxy S10 Plus 4G LTE (or 5GE) 128GB variant. Companies must be in AT&T’s Business Unlimited Preferred plan to take advantage of 5G+, which starts at $90 per month for a single line with AutoPay. AT&T will also limit speeds from 5G to 2Gbps. It is not clear when AT&T will make the S10 5G available to consumers in general or why it is limiting 5G+ speeds.
Operators are rushing to deploy their 5G networks in a race for dominance that they hope will translate into more subscribers targeting 5G. Faster data networks promise 10x data speeds for much faster downloads. 5G will also open the way for new uses inside and outside mobile phones, such as augmented reality experiences in real time and video calls without delays. The operators hope to beat their rivals by building the largest coverage area with the fastest speeds of 5G.
AT&T plans to launch its 5G + mm wave network in at least 30 cities in the United States, although this network is different from the larger 5G network, which will use a technology known as the “sub-6” spectrum. The Galaxy S10 5G will not be able to connect to this network, although AT&T has announced plans for a second Samsung 5G phone later this year that will work with the mm Wave and sub-6 5G versions.
In particular, AT&T’s 5G network is currently limited to a single Net gear mobile access point. Unlike Verizon and Sprint, AT&T has not yet invited journalists to test their network with live devices.
The S10 5G shares the same basic features as the Galaxy S10 and the standard S10 Plus, with a larger 6.7-inch screen and a front camera and rear camera with additional depth detection. In addition to being available at AT&T and Verizon, both Sprint and T-Mobile have announced plans to offer the S10 5G in the future.
Galaxy S10 +: up to 1.5 TB of storage
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10 + stands out as the first mobile phone with up to 1 TB of internal storage, expandable up to 1.5 TB with micro SD. Galaxy S10 Plus, equipped with Snapdragon 855, will have between 8 and 12 GB of RAM and 128, 512 GB and a TB of storage across different variants.