Samsung Will Launch Four Galaxy S10 Models, Including 5G Variant

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A new report reveals the model numbers of the 5G-capable version of the Samsung Galaxy S10, and it also states that the device will come to South Korea and the United States. According to the report, the 5G-capable variant of the Galaxy S10 has the model number SM-G977. In comparison, the Galaxy S10 Lite, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus are identified by the model numbers SM-G970, SM-G973, and SM-G975 respectively. The report also stated that there are two variants of the 5G-capable Galaxy S10. One of these models, which has the model number SM-G977N, will ship to South Korea, while another variant, which has the model number SM-G977U, will likely come to the United States.

Background: This new report corroborates previous rumors which claim that Samsung will launch the 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 in the United States and South Korea. However, while the other three models of the company's flagship smartphone lineup will reportedly launch in February, Samsung Electronics will likely reveal the 5G-capable device at a later date. Some reports indicate that the launch of the smartphone may take place in March alongside the company's folding handset, the Samsung Galaxy F, while other reports state that Samsung will only reveal the device once 5G networks that will support the handset are already in place. Right now, rumors claim that Samsung is currently in talks with carriers in its home market, South Korea, as well as with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile in the United States.

Previous reports already provided details about the design and specifications of the 5G-capable version of the Galaxy S10. This device will reportedly sport six cameras, which includes two front-facing cameras and four separate sensors at the rear panel. The increased number of cameras in the Galaxy S10 allows the handset to offer richer colors and improved spatial perception compared to competing smartphones. Previous reports also indicate that the device, which is known internally as Beyond X, will ship with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal flash storage. In contrast, the Galaxy S10 Lite will reportedly sport 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal flash storage, while the more expensive versions of the device, namely the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus, will likely include 6GB and 8GB of RAM. Furthermore, the 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 will reportedly feature a 6.7-inch display, and recent estimates show that the device will likely retail for $1,770 when it launches.

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The US variant of the 5G version of the Galaxy S10 will likely utilize the Snapdragon 855 chipset, which is coupled with the Snapdragon x50 modem. On the other hand, the South Korean model of the device could potentially feature the Exynos 9280 SoC instead.

Impact: The support for 5G networks is becoming a very important feature for flagship smartphones that will launch in the coming year, although instead of including the functionality in all units of the handsets, it will likely be restricted to specialized versions of the device, presumably due to the expensive cost of additional 5G hardware. For example, OnePlus noted that its 5G handset will cost around $200 more than its current flagship smartphone offering. Furthermore, when it launches in the coming year, the 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 will add to the growing list of devices compatible with the 5G network, which not only includes smartphones but also hotspots.