South Korea is one step ahead in the deployment of 5G networks compared to any other nation in the world. Last weekend, South Korea’s three major operators did indeed finalize the launch of 5G networks in the country. Among them, SK Telecom completed the deployment in 13 counties and cities. Thanks to that, the company’s CEO Park Jung-ho was able to use a Samsung 5G phone prototype to make the first ever video call on a 5G network.
Park Jung-ho then added that the call was “clearer and faster than what was possible on LTE”.
Now, Verizon and Samsung jointly announced tonight that they will launch 5G mobile phones for the US market in the first half of 2019.
Although the details about the mobile phone are unknown, Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal previously reported that the 5G mobile phone we’re talking about is the Galaxy S10 5G special edition.
It is worth mentioning that this week, Samsung and Verizon will jointly attend the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii to showcase a proof-of-concept of 5G connectivity with the Snapdragon X50 modem.
However, it should be pointed out that Samsung has already released its own Exynos 5100 baseband, so, if nothing goes wrong, this will be equipped with the Exynos 9820 chip and become the alternative for the Samsung S10 5G variant where the company can’t bring Qualcomm powered phones.