When Samsung introduced its new family of flagship Galaxy S10 smartphones in February, the company disclosed prices and launch timeframes for all models except one, the Galaxy S10 5G. Based on two reports citing industry sources and Samsung, the manufacturer will release its first 5G handset in South Korea in early April.

The Korean version of the Galaxy S10 5G will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9820 together with the Exynos 5100 5G modem, essentially meaning Samsung will be the first to market with both a 5G phone and silicon. The 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 5G will be available in South Korea starting from April 5. Three South Korean carriers — KT, SK Telecom, and LG Uplus — will begin offering their 5G services starting on that date. According to a report, the Galaxy S10 5G has passed signal verification test by the National Radio Research Agency earlier this week, which gives the smartphone the green light to enter the market.

Pricing of the Galaxy S10 5G that is set to be equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of NAND flash storage is not completely clear. Citing industry sources, the state-funded Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday that the smartphone was expected to cost around 1.5 million won. Typically prices in South Korea have sales tax when listed, as do most of the world, so the pre-tax equivalent price in the US would be ~$1,199.

The Galaxy S10 5G smartphone will be available directly from Samsung as well as from the Korean telecom companies it supports. Samsung reportedly has no plans to run a pre-order program for the Galaxy S10 5G, but for those who register their devices from April 5 to April 11, it will provide a free pair of wireless Galaxy Air Buds, a wireless charger, or a 50% discount on display replacement (valid for a year).

Verizon plans to launch its 5G services on April 11. It is unclear whether it will start selling the Galaxy S10 5G on that date, or the smartphone will hit the US market a bit later after Mi-Fi services. US variants of the Galaxy S10 5G are expected to ship with the Snapdragon 855 + X50 modem hardware combination.

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Sources: Yonhap News, Korea Herald, Nikkei

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  • XelaChang - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    Is AnandTech's review for S10 coming soon?
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

  • XelaChang - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

  • Ahadjisavvas - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    Is the npu inside the exynos 9820 anything special compared to the competition?
  • jordanclock - Monday, March 25, 2019 - link

    I'm sure that'll be covered in the review.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    Sheesh, f*ck off Samsung! I'll take the compound interest from investing $1160 of the $1200 while spending the remaining $40 on a cheaper phone that does basically the same crap a bit more slowly. Doing that every two years over the next 20 should earn me an extra $10K in returns at a measly 5% annual interest rate.
  • shabby - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    Enjoy your flip phone.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    Mine was $30 and it's a crappy little Android on prepaid service, but it does hit the 80% of something a lot more expensive. They're not for sale at this point as I got mine two years ago, but it was an Alcatel Pixi Unite.
  • wrkingclass_hero - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    Where are you getting a 5% annual interest for a $1160 deposit?
  • PeachNCream - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    My bank accepts a minimum $500 to buy into a simple index fund (IRAs for the same amount as well) so, from my bank, I guess. Not that I started with such a small amount, but it is possible. You can also buy into that little fish REIT thing through something called fundrise for a minimum of $500 and its performance has been in the +10% range since inception which is admittedly a very short time period (since 2012 IIRC). Bottom line is that if you're chucking $1200 at a phone, you're probably throwing money out the door elsewhere as well and can trim the fat to easily pony up enough cash to start something somewhere.

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