Sprint has confirmed plans for an innovative, standards-based 5G smartphone expected to launch in summer 2019 from Samsung.
"We are proud that our longstanding relationship with Samsung has delivered some of the most innovative mobile technologies to our customers over the years – and this tradition continues with 5G," said Dr. John Saw, Sprint chief technology officer.
"Samsung is one of our key 5G network infrastructure Massive MIMO providers, so we are delighted that they will also deliver one of our first 5G smartphones, putting blazing fast connectivity right into our customers’ hands."
This device will offer dual-mode connectivity to Sprint’s LTE and 5G network. For 5G and LTE, it will support Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum.
In addition, it will support Sprint’s 1.9 GHz spectrum (band 25), 800 MHz spectrum (band 26) and other LTE spectrum bands for roaming. Additional device specifications and exact timing will be announced later.
In the first half of 2019 Sprint plans to launch its mobile 5G network in nine of some of the largest cities in the United States: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., with additional markets to be announced.
In December, both AT&T and Verizon announced that they would be carrying upcoming 5G smartphones.
Samsung is reportedly working on 5G phones for 2019, including the upcoming 5G variant of Galaxy S10 expected to launch in March 2019. As the company has already become part of the world’s first 5G commercial call in South Korea and tested its 5G equipment with Verizon in the US.