Here’s an early look at the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
Unlike most phones that get announced, there’s been little in the way of new images of the Galaxy S10 5G and especially when it comes to carrier-flavored ones. For example, most of the images surfacing are Samsung launch-specific promotional images and this even goes for those currently on show on the Verizon site.
Although this front and back shot does not necessarily revealing anything new in terms of the hardware, it's still worth a closer look.
This is particularly true for the "May 16" date shown on the front of the device. Verizon has yet to officially announce when the Galaxy S10 5G will go on sale, but reports in recent days have pointed to May 16 as the date.
This front image would seem to add further confirmation to that suggestion
While this is the day when the Galaxy S10 5G is expected to hit store shelves, reports point to April 18 as when pre-orders are likely to open.
Providing the rumors plan out as expected then May 16 is likely to be the first time the 5G phone goes on sale in the U.S. as Verizon is understood to have secured an exclusive carrier deal with Samsung.
That deal was originally touted as a "Q2 release" with the understanding AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile would open their doors later in the same quarter. The May 16 date fits well with the Q2 prediction.
Globally, the Galaxy S10 5G has already started to become available with South Korea already selling the new phone.
The one thing the image does not really get across so well is the size with Samsung already confirming the Galaxy S10 5G features a substantial 6.7-inch AMOLED display along with a 19:9 aspect ratio.
This easily makes it the largest of the Galaxy S10 family as even the “+” model only comes with a 6.4-inch display.
That additional space does lend itself well to the camera department as not only does the 5G model feature two front-facing cameras (like the S10+, albeit not the exact same dual cameras) but it also features a quad-camera setup on the rear (unlike the rest of the S10 family). With the additional sensor designed to further facilitate depth-sensing, and in particular when it comes to video. The emphasis on depth-mapping also extends to the front with one of the two front cameras featuring time-of-flight (ToF) technology.
The front camera setup as a whole is housed within a pill-shaped ‘camera hole’ and this negates the need for a notch, resulting in a very thin — and level — top bezel, compared to other phones.
This is all of course, in addition to support for 5G networks with the 5G branding visible in the status bar on the front and emblazoned on the back.
Speaking of the back, Verizon branding appears to be minimally in use in these front and back images, although that’s no guarantee this will be the case when the phone eventually arrives to market.
Completing the “upgrade" list is the battery which comes in at 4,500 mAh. This compares to the 4,100 mAh offered with the next greatest-capacity S10 family member – the S10+. A bigger battery will of course be of added relief in dealing with the larger display and the 5G connectivity. Adding to its battery prowess, the 5G model is the only Galaxy S10 phone to feature 25-watt charging.
In other areas the Galaxy S10 5G is not quite as exciting as some of the other S10 family members.
For example, while the S10+ can be picked up with 12GB RAM in some locations, the Galaxy S10 5G is hitting all markets with only 8GB RAM included, along with 256GB storage and powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC.
Whether this is the right phone for you, right now, should primarily come down to whether 5G is available (or set to become available soon) where you are.
Verizon is not only expected to be the first to launch the Galaxy S10 5G in the U.S., but it’s also one of the most active in establishing its 5G network there too.
Verizon has already launched its mobile 5G network although it is currently in an extremely limited state. This presumably will expand either before the launch of the Galaxy S10 5G in May or in the months following.
That should not be interpreted as the network going live where you are anytime soon.