On this historic day, South Korea’s leading Telecom network – SK Telecom launched the world’s first 5th generation (5G) mobile telecommunication network and successfully conducted the first video call using Samsung’s 5G smartphone prototype, it may be the Galaxy S10.
During the network launch, SK Telecom made a live 5G video call held over the commercial network between SK Telecom’s CEO Park Jung-Ho located in Bundang, Gyeonggi to SK Telecom Manager Park Sook-hee located in Myeong-dong, Seoul.
The 5G network has spread through 13 major cities across South Korea, however, the 5G services that kicked off today is only limited to enterprise users and the general customers are expected to get these services starting from March 2019, when the 5G smartphones enter in the market.
The new network promises ultra-wideband, ultra-low latency, and ultra-connectivity. The maximum transmission rate is 20Gbps, up to 20 times faster than 4G LTE, and the delay rate is reduced to 1/100th in comparison of LTE.
With 5G network, services can be trasmit and connected more quickly, so the most advanced initiatives such as ‘Smart City’ and technologies including IoT, AI, and autonomous vehicles, UHD ultra-high-definition video, VR/AR, hologram, and other real-sensible digital media services can be accessed in full speed.
Park Jung-ho, President of SK Telecom, said, “In the 5G, there is an infinite possibility that transcends our imagination, and the world is paying attention to the 5G commercialization of the Republic of Korea.” He said, “Let’s have a healthy tension so that 5G can provide without shaking.”.
Samsung CEO DJ Koh said in a video message, “Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom worked closely together to speed up commercialization of 5G.”
“5G will revitalize AI and IoT services in earnest, “He added.
According to a recent report, the Galaxy S10 5G model will have a 6.7-inch display that’s going to be bigger than the 5.8-inch and 6.4-inch screens on the other versions of the phone.
The device is also tipped to feature six cameras, including two on the front and four on the back, as well as reverse wireless charging support that would turn the Galaxy S10 5G into a power source for other devices.
Samsung has already held talks with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, and it’s even considering an exclusive deal with Verizon for the Galaxy S10 5G phone.
We previously reported that the Galaxy S10 5G model will be available in several markets by March, with Samsung expected to unveil its new Galaxy S10 series phones in February.
Galaxy S10 could have six cameras, 5G support, 6.7-inch display, and reverse wireless charging
It’s unclear whether Samsung will announce the handset at MWC 2019 next year, which is what other rumors said recently, or whether Samsung will host a press event of its own for the occasion.