To-scale pictures of the S10 lineup. The 5G version is huge! [credit:
Samsung and Verizon are introducing the first 5G smartphone to the US, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Some might want to give a participation trophy to the Moto Z3, which is a 4G smartphone that you can clip a 5G backpack onto, but if you’re looking for a fully-self-contained 5G phone, the S10 5G is the first. Today, the S10 5G is out exclusively on Verizon, and it can be picked up for an astounding starting price of $1300.
As the first 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G lets us put our assumptions about first gen 5G hardware to the test. Last year, when Qualcomm announced its 5G chips, we expected the first 5G hardware to be big and power hungry, and the S10 5G seems in line with that. To start, the S10 5G isn’t a normal Galaxy S10 with an extra 5G modem, it’s a forth size class of the Galaxy S10 (after the S10e, S10, and S10+). It’s essentially an S10++.
The bigger size is most likely needed to fit all of the extra hardware needed to make 5G work, which consists of a separate 5G chip and around four extra 5G antenna modules. Since Samsung needs to super-size the Galaxy S10, it might as well throw in a gigantic 6.7-inch display, a bigger 4500mAh battery, a fourth rear camera (this one is a depth sensor), and a front 3D sensor.